By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer

BOSTON (CBS) – With just a few days left in January there is no sign of a major change in our warm weather pattern this winter.

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Our next storm, which arrives this evening, will be much like all the others, a wintry mix to mainly rain and no significant snow accumulation.

The storm arrives between 5 and 7 p.m. from west to east.

A brief burst of snow and sleet is possible at the start for almost everyone north of the Mass Pike.

The wintry precipitation will rapidly change to all rain in Boston, along the coast, back to Route 128 and in all of southeastern Massachusetts.

A wintry mix of snow, but mainly sleet and freezing rain, will persist north and west of Boston, around I-495 for several hours.

Temps will gradually warm overnight, changing the precipitation over to plain rain for most of southern New England after midnight and by dawn.

Higher elevated areas will be last to get above freezing so there could be some significant ice accumulation (.1 inch-.25 inch) in the Berkshires, northern Worcester County and southwest New Hampshire.

Travel in these locations will likely be extremely hazardous early Friday morning.

By late Friday morning all locations will rise well above freezing, in fact most towns in eastern Massachusetts will top 50 degrees in the afternoon.

The best chance for any significant snow accumulation would be in the mountains of central and northern New England where 3-to-6 inches is likely before a chance to sleet and freezing rain during Friday.

Watch Melissa Mack’s forecast:

Looking ahead, temperatures will cool over the weekend, but no major storms are in sight.

Looks like we will head into February with very little snow cover as our strange winter continues.

You can follow Terry on Twitter at @TerryWBZ.


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