4 things to know about your Friday morning commute

"Wet roads will become snow-covered and icy as temperatures drop into the 20s."

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A line of cars make their way along Interstate 93 in Winchester, Massachusetts, USA 04 January 2018. A Nor'easter snow storm was expected to bring up to 12 inches (30.5 cm) of snow to the area and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker asked residents to stay off the roads when possible.
Snow Storm in Boston, Winchester, USA - 04 Jan 2018
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If you can’t be late, you should probably leave yourself some extra time to get to work Friday.

Here’s why:

1. “Hazardous travel” is expected.

The National Weather Service said Thursday afternoon that all southern New England residents should expect “hazardous travel” during their Friday morning commutes.

Rain will change to snow between 10 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday in interior Massachusetts and Connecticut and between 3 and 5 a.m. in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, according to the service.

“Wet roads will become snow-covered and icy as temperatures drop into the 20s,” the service said in its briefing. “Therefore, a flash freeze combined with snow will result in hazardous travel for the Friday morning rush hour.”

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Forecasters also said a “brief burst of moderate to heavy snow” may result in poor visibility.

2. Are there any advisories in place?

Yes.

Initially, a Winter Weather Advisory was issued for central Massachusetts and northeast Connecticut.

However, on Thursday evening, the service expanded that advisory to include three more Massachusetts counties and one in Rhode Island.

3. How much snow is going to fall?

If you live in central Massachusetts, about 3 to 4 inches. Elsewhere in southern New England, expect roughly 1 to 2.

4. When is the snow going to end?

The flakes will stop falling by 8 a.m. in western Massachusetts and Connecticut then by 10 a.m. in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, according to the service.

“Snow ends by late morning, but untreated roads will remain slippery with temperatures holding in the 20s,” forecasters said.

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