What meteorologists are saying about the rain and freezing rain forecast for Massachusetts

“Eastern & southeastern MA have a soaking day ahead.”

An icy branch earlier this year. Dina Rudick / Boston Globe

The last Monday of the year is forecast to be a soggy and slick one in Massachusetts. 

Precipitation moved into the region overnight and is predicted to continue through Monday evening, falling as chilly rain for much of the eastern Bay State and as freezing rain and sleet to interior parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service. The service has issued Ice Storm warnings for the eastern slopes of the Berkshires and the Worcester Hills, where accumulations of one-quarter to one-half inch of ice could accumulate. 

Conditions are forecast to improve “slowly” on Tuesday, the service said. 

Here’s what local forecasters are saying about the storm bringing a damp, cold end to 2019.

National Weather Service: ‘Expect slick roads developing into the morning commute, lingering into this afternoon.’

Dave Epstein: ‘While there are areas with freezing rain and sleet, most of us are just seeing a cold rain.’

Chris Lambert, WHDH: ‘Mainly rain near and south of the Pike, east of 495.’

Cindy Fitzgibbon, WCVB: ‘Elevated areas in northern Worcester County could see up to .50″ ice accretion — more possible in the Berkshires. Tree limbs could sag/break with possible power outages in addition to slick roads.’

Shiri Spear, Boston 25 News: ‘Outside of 128 you need to be cautious of icy roads — ALL DAY.’

Eric Fisher, WBZ: ‘General ice/rain mix all day (wettest coast/SE iciest NW). Shifting back to mostly rain overnight. Ends tomorrow morning.’

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