Maps: How the Thursday morning commute will be impacted by a wintry mix

“While this will not be a big storm, timing of it is far from ideal.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MATT CAMPBELL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9265999b) Vehicles drive in falling snow on Interstate 495 near the junction with Interstate 90 (The Massachusetts Turnpike) during the first snow storm of the season in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, USA 09 December 2017. A winter weather storm warning for the Boston region predicted accumulations of one to six inches (2.5cm to 15cm) of snow from a storm which dropped snow from the Southeastern US all the way up to Maine. Snow in Massachusetts, Shrewsbury, USA - 09 Dec 2017 MATT CAMPBELL / EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock, File

Commuters should prepare for slippery travel on Thursday morning. 

The National Weather Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of Massachusetts, in effect starting around 1 a.m. Thursday through 1 p.m., due to the wintry mix of precipitation — snow, sleet, and freezing rain — in the forecast. 

“While this will not be a big storm, timing of it is far from ideal,” service forecasters said. 

Precipitation is forecast to begin in Boston around 5 a.m. Thursday, and snowfall is predicted to eventually transition to rain across the region, but not until largely after the morning commute.

“Some areas towards the Berkshires could hold onto some freezing rain or sleet well into Thursday afternoon,” the service said. “This is but one of the details still to be refined with later forecasts. Overall, looking at possibly up to a couple of inches of snow, with higher amounts north of the Mass Pike. Also, a few hundredths of an inch of ice is possible across the coastal plains, with up to two tenths of an inch possible across the interior high elevations.”


Below, what local forecasters are saying about the storm and its potential impacts.

National Weather Service 

Dave Epstein


Boston 25 News



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