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

BOSTON (CBS) – It isn’t always the big snow storms that cause the most headaches. Sometimes all it takes is a little snow coming at just the right (or wrong) time.

That might just be the case Friday morning.

snow Snow And Flash Freeze Will Lead To Dicey Morning Commute

(WBZ-TV Graphic)

While we are only forecasting an inch or two of snow for most, the combination of that along with a flash freeze occurring at the same time will likely make for a dicey morning commute.

Let’s time it out:

6 A.M.

The rain has changed to snow across the entire area by this time. A coating to an inch of snow on average with a bit more in elevated areas of central and western Mass. Temperatures continue to tick down. Freezing line right around I-495, below 32 degrees in all areas west of 495.

Travel Impact: Moderate (worst in central Mass, conditions deteriorating in eastern Mass.)

9a Snow And Flash Freeze Will Lead To Dicey Morning Commute

(WBZ-TV Graphic)

9 A.M.

Snow is tapering off. The last of the snow showers now are over Cape Cod. A coating to 2 inches of snow for most of the area now on the ground, bit more, 2-4 inches in the Worcester Hills and Berkshires. Temperatures still dropping, now below 32 for the entire area (except perhaps for the Outer Cape/Islands). Icy conditions on all untreated surfaces.

Travel Impact: moderate to high.

2017commuteimpacts Snow And Flash Freeze Will Lead To Dicey Morning Commute

(WBZ-TV Graphic)

So as you can see, the flash freeze occurs right during the prime commuting hours in southern New England. This has the potential to be one of those nightmare commutes with numerous spin outs and accidents.

2017 winter weather advisory Snow And Flash Freeze Will Lead To Dicey Morning Commute

(WBZ-TV graphic)

We urge that you stay tuned to updated forecasts on WBZ-TV and CBSBoston.com.

Follow Terry on Twitter @TerryWBZ

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