BOSTON (CBS) - After a number of 50 degree days and no measureable snow since January 26th, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think the winter may be over.
But those who have lived in New England for any length of time surely know better.
Friday’s storm appears as though it will come in two pieces; The first early Friday morning as mainly a wintry mix, and the second Friday evening as mainly rain in Southern New England, snow up north in Ski Areas. Because the “splitting” of the storm there is a bit more room for snow in the morning. The snow will start just before dawn, between 4-7a.m. from west to east.
Watch Todd Gutner’s forecast:
We are forecasting the highest snow amounts in Northern Worcester County and Northwestern Middlesex County, about 1-3” of wet snow. Southern New Hampshire, which normally would be in the same “heavier snow-belt” may not see as much precipitation, another factor we have to watch closely…so there will likely be a fairly sharp cutoff once you cross the border into New Hampshire from several inches to very little.
Around 495 and 128 we are expecting a coating up to a slushy inch. There could be a good deal of snow falling but not really amounting to much. In Boston and along the Coast, there will be snow in the air and perhaps some coatings on the grass, but it is very unlikely that much will be able to accumulate on roads.
This first wave will taper late in the morning and by midday and afternoon we will just have pockets of light rain and drizzle. Wave two arrives late in the evening as rain in Southern New England, some briefly heavy and snow for Northern New England, a welcome sight for skiers!
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