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


BOSTON (CBS) – A quick-moving, but potent storm system will affect our area later today and overnight tonight with heavy rain, wet snow and gusty winds.

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Depending on where you live, the conditions could be very different. So, here is a breakdown:

RAIN:

Rain will be very heavy at times during the day today and tonight. Many areas will receive between 1-2″, especially south of the Mass. Pike. There will be a few areas of locally heavier amounts over 2″.

Serious flooding is not expected, however some localized street and urban flooding is likely.

Watch Joe Joyce’s Forecast:

SNOW:

Late tonight, colder air will begin to filter into New England and change the rain over to a heavy, wet snow. This will happen in Western Massachusetts and higher elevations first (around midnight), and therefore those areas will see the greatest snow accumulation. We are forecasting 3-6″ of heavy, wet snow for the Berkshires, Southern Vermont and the higher elevations of Southwest New Hampshire.

In Central Massachusetts, specifically elevated areas in Northern Worcester County, 1-3″ are likely between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Suburbs to the north and west of Boston could see a dusting to an inch or two just before dawn Thursday morning.

In the city, there could be a brief mix with snow before the precipitation ends around dawn, no accumulation likely. Areas south of Boston should stay too mild for any snow. All precipitation ends quickly just after dawn on Thursday morning, so the AM commute should be increasingly dry.

WINDS:

Strong, gusty winds will affect coastal areas and higher elevations on interior Massachusetts. There is a wind advisory for Cape Cod and the Islands from 3 a.m. – 10 a.m. Thursday for sustained winds 25-35mph with gusts to 50mph. Some isolated pockets of tree and wire damage may result.

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  1. Ellen says:

    It’s raining hard here in Tewksbury and I hope it stays rain and not turn into snow. I’m getting spoiled and want the mild weather to continue and continue like up until May or June, Then celebrate the summer.

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