‘A sugar coating so far’: Here’s what local meteorologists are saying about snow maps, morning commute ahead of overnight wintry forecast

With only a light snowfall, weather officials expect flakes to accumulate on unpaved surfaces.

Pedestrians travel through a light snow-rain mix, at Boylston and Clarendon streets in the late afternoon, in Boston. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

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Some roads may be coated in snow and become slippery by the end of the evening as weather officials predict the possibility of a winter storm Sunday night into Monday morning.

The National Weather Service tweeted Sunday that with temperatures hovering around freezing, and only a light, intermittent snowfall, officials are expecting snow to accumulate on unpaved surfaces. Yet the weather service also noted that as temperatures fall back to the 20s overnight, wet roads may lead to black ice during Monday morning’s commute. 

Officials added that rain is mostly expected southeast of I-95, with the possibility of a brief period of wet snow before Monday morning. Snow is also expected northwest of I-95, where total accumulations will average between two and three inches before coming to an end by early-mid Monday morning. 

NWS reported that the Worcester Hills and Berkshires, where temperatures are a few degrees colder, may see more snow accumulation than other areas.

Snow may also spread across western Mass. and northern Connecticut before moving over the I-95 corridor Sunday night, making travel between the states slushy and difficult, the service added. 

The winter storm arrived around sunset on Sunday and will continue steadily overnight, likely lingering through Monday morning. 

A bigger storm may be on the horizon for next week, weather officials hinted, but until then, they reassured residents that the overnight forecast wouldn’t lead to much other than slick roads. 

Here’s what local meteorologists are saying about the incoming mix of wintry weather:

Jaisol Martinez, 7News Boston: ‘The flurries in eastern Mass are from an onshore wind, and the flurries in central Mass are from the system coming in from the south’

Dave Epstein: ‘It’s a perfect snow for walking … #moodsnow

Ben Papandrea, The Weather Company: ‘Big fat flakes mixed with graupel’

Vicki Graf, Boston 25: ‘This is not a major storm by any means, but there will still be some slippery spots on untreated surfaces overnight’

David Bagley: ‘A sugar coating so far’

Mike Wankum, WCVB-TV: ‘This will not be big snow event overnight. Expect around 1″ in the city. More to the west’

Sarah Wroblewski, WBZ and CBS News: ‘highest totals will coincide with higher terrain & where temps stay near/below freezing’


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