Wintry Weather Forecast for Thursday AM Commute
The National Weather Service says the likelihood has increased for a winter storm, hitting in the early morning hours of Thursday and lasting into Friday morning.
That Hazardous Weather Outlook is back for the region, declaring the probability of a two-day storm later this week.
The National Weather Service had initially issued an alert for possible wintry weather on Wednesday and Thursday, but then canceled that alert by mid-morning on Tuesday. The notice was back again around 5 p.m., however, once again declaring the possibility of a winter storm hitting in the early morning hours on Thursday.
"There is a moderate to high probability that a winter weather advisory for accumulating snow and/or ice will be needed for a portion of the interior late Wednesday night into Thursday," the NWS says. "There is still some uncertainty but confidence is increasing in a period of wintry precipitation."
On Tuesday night, the prediction for the Danvers area called for snowfall mainly after 5 a.m. on Thursday, becoming mixed with rain and sleet.
By 10 a.m., however, the snow should turn completely to rain. Rainfall is expected to be heavy at times.
The overall accumulation is predicted at about 2 inches and temperatures are forecast in the mid 40s for Thursday, although 28 degrees is predicted for when snowfall begins.
More rain and sleet is expected overnight into Friday with snow falling again after 4 a.m. Rain showers are predicted for later in the morning.
The Hazardous Weather Outlook covers much of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and northern Connecticut.
The NWS also said Tuesday afternoon that a wind advisory may be issued for that same time period for parts of the New England coast to the southeast.
On Thursday morning, check out the local commute with our live traffic map.