A winter storm is moving north toward Massachusetts Sunday, with snow expected to hit the Boston area after midnight. Morning commuters in the Boston area should expect a mix of snow and sleet, with the weather changing to rain through the remainder of the day, the National Weather Service said.
However, the storm will be more intense to the west of the city, prompting meteorologists to warn about dicey driving conditions.
“For those in the city heading west toward the Worcester, it’s going to be a tricky commute, weather service meteorologist Kim Buttrick said. “Freezing rain is likely to mix in and could cause hazardous road conditions.”
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for counties north and west of Boston, in effect from 11 p.m. Sunday through around noon Monday.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will mobilize crews approximately three hours before the weather arrives.
“Our salt sheds are shocked up. We are ready,” said MassDOT spokeswoman Sara Lavoie.
She said each of the six highway districts across the state will respond accordingly, depending on conditions as the weather system moves through.
“Crews will be resting up today to get ready for what appears will be a long night. We will be closely monitoring the forecast,” said Lavoie.
Storm conditions are expected to milder in the Boston area, with accumulations below an inch. A mix of snow and sleet is expected to give way to rain midday Monday. Temperatures should remain well above freezing during the day.
Meanwhile state officials encouraged commuters to refresh their winter driving skills this early in the season by perusing tips available on the MassDOT website.
“Drivers should be preparing to adjust to the wintry weather that is predicted for Monday morning’s commute,” said Lavoie. “Take it slow and leave extra room between your vehicle and the one in front of you.”
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