A week that began with rain and ice is likely to end in snow, as another storm is expected to reach Massachusetts Thursday night into Friday, dropping a few inches of accumulation along the way, forecasters said.
Expected to be a wintry mix, the storm was “still in its infancy” on Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Torry Gaucher said.
Still, the weather service is getting the word out to Massachusetts residents that they should expect another difficult morning on the roads Friday.
Any good news?
“Wednesday is a quiet day,” Gaucher said. “A sunny but blustery day.”
Earlier Tuesday, forecasters at the National Weather Service were guiding travelers through a treacherous stretch of icy rain that left many streets and highways covered with a slick layer of ice during the morning commute.
But temperatures began to climb throughout the day, and the volume of water slowly flowing into the streets from the overnight rain and from melting snow was raising concerns about flooding in low-lying areas of Massachusetts.
“A combination of heavy rain this morning and ongoing snowmelt could result in localized ponding and minor urban poor drainage flooding, especially in areas where storm drains are snow clogged,’’ forecasters wrote on Twitter about 9 a.m. Tuesday. “Do not drive through flooded roadways.”
The concern about flooding replaces fears of power outages — 98 customers were without power around 10:45 p.m.
But the melting came to an end later Tuesday as temperatures began to drop in the evening and were expected to fall below freezing overnight.
Wednesday will deliver a bit of a break as one storm ends and another ramps up, but it will still be cold, with temperatures in the high 20s or low 30s, and wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour in Boston, according to the weather service.
Gaucher said the weather service got calls throughout the day from people concerned that the sub-zero temperatures reported in the Midwest would soon reach New England.
It will be cold, but not like the frigid temperatures that were causing widespread power outages in Texas.
“We’re going to see our seasonably cold temperatures,” Gaucher said. “That’s a bit of good news.”
As for Thursday night, snow is on the way, but was not clear just how much the state could see.
“This system is just getting itself together over the four-corners region and will dip down to the Gulf coast [on Wednesday] where it will pick up most of its moisture before running up the East Coast,” he said Tuesday. “Then we’ll have a better idea of the overall path and impact of the storm.”