By Michelle Williams | Michelle.Williams@MassLive.com | Posted February 12, 2019 at 06:18 AM | Updated February 12, 2019 at 07:07 AM
By Michelle Williams | MassLive
A winter storm heading towards Massachusetts is expected to bring several inches to up to eight inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for much of Massachusetts, which will go into effect early Tuesday afternoon and remain until 7 a.m. Wednesday.
“Expect significant travel impacts this afternoon into evening,” the National Weather Service said. “Prepare accordingly and plan on slippery road conditions, slowed commutes, long drives home and reduced visibility.”
Massachusetts communities along the Vermont and New Hampshire state line are likely to see the highest snowfall amounts, with up to eight inches expected from North Adams to Newburyport.
Further south, around four to six inches of snow are expected in Boston, Worcester and Springfield.
Southeastern Massachusetts is expected to see the lowest snow totals, with one to four inches expected.
While the storm will start with snowfall, it will transition to sleet and freezing rain Tuesday night into Wednesday morning before ending.
Ice accumulations will be of concern Wednesday morning, especially during the morning commute.
Up to a quarter-inch of ice accumulation is expected for much of Central and Western Massachusetts by Wednesday morning.
The storm is expected to first hit the westernmost portion of Massachusetts around 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The first flakes are expected in Springfield around 11 a.m., Worcester around noon and Boston at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The National Weather Service cautions snow may fall at a rate of one to two inches per hour in the late afternoon to early evening, followed by heavy sleet.
Sleet will transition to freezing rain overnight.
“If you can, please stay off the roads,” the National Weather Service said early Tuesday. “This will be a high-impact event w/ slowed commutes, long drive homes, slick roads as moderate to heavy snow / sleet impacts the area.”
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