Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Central Mass.

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This Doppler radar image taken Monday morning shows snow heading into central Massachusetts. Photo Credit: National Weather Service.

SHREWSBURY, Mass. - Shrewsbury Emergency Management Agency Weather Analyst Jim Arnold said light snow may occur Monday afternoon into Monday night, accumulating about an inch before changing to sleet and freezing rain early Tuesday, and maybe continuing into the afternoon hours.

While little precipitation is expected, the sleet and freezing rain could make for treacherous driving conditions.

“It only takes a thin layer of glaze to create serious problems for vehicle and foot traffic, and I think we will see that at least for the Tuesday morning commute. I do not see enough glazing to begin to cause any tree or power line damage because the precipitation is expected to be so light.,” Arnold said.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 1 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday for much of the state. The service is predicting 1-2 inches of snow, with visibility limited to one-half to one-quarter of a mile at times.

The chance of precipitation Monday is 70 percent, with a 30 percent chance Tuesday, according to the service.

The weather system may cause cold air to settle over our area, with temperatures remaining in the mid-20s to low 30s, before approaching 40 degrees Wednesday morning, Arnold said.

“If we ever fully break into the warm air it will be later Wednesday when temperatures could briefly shoot up into the 50s,” Arnold said. “I am not sure this is going to happen, but we should at least see low to middle 40s during the day Wednesday.

Arnold said there is another chance of rain Wednesday, but to expect temperatures to drop soon after.

“Keep your seatbelts on though, as the next two to three weeks look like a very interesting and changeable period weather-wise for all of us,” he said. “Long- range guidance is showing a return of arctic cold and an increase in storminess beginning by the end of the coming week.”

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