It was raining over much of Massachusetts early Friday morning and in some areas the precipitation turned to snow, with up to 8 inches expected to fall in some spots.
By 6 a.m., the National Weather Service reported about 4 inches of snow in Princeton, about 3 inches in Ashburnham, 2.8 inches in Holden, 1.8 inches in Sterling, and about 1 inch in Mendon, Ashby, and Mason.
A winter storm warning remains in effect for Western Hampshire and Western Franklin counties until 8 p.m. on Friday, according to the weather service.
“Late season snowstorm will continue today across the higher terrain of the Berkshires and Worcester Hills; while rain and snow along with some minor accumulations are possible in some lower elevations,” the weather service said in a forecast discussion posted early Friday morning. “A few showers may linger on Saturday, but mainly dry weather is expected Saturday night through Monday.”
The forecasters said the Berkshires could see “significant” snow; the Worcester Hills and northern Connecticut River valley could see “impactful” snow; and lower elevations could see “a slushy accumulation.”
Some areas in Western Massachusetts could see 3 to 4 inches of snow, with isolated amounts of 8 inches in areas above 1,500 feet elevation, forecasters said in a tweet.
[10:30 PM] Here is the latest snow map for this evening/Friday's event. Rain began to transition to snow earlier than expected, especially across Worcester County & N. CT. Snow totals below account for this! Thank you to everyone who sent us p-type reports! Keep them coming! pic.twitter.com/dLFNVRUSKG— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) April 16, 2021
A snowfall forecast map issued by the weather service predicted Eastern Massachusetts would see nothing but rain. So Boston residents will be able to leave their shovels — and their space savers ― in the garage.
The forecasters said that after the storm has passed, later Saturday through Monday, there will be “unsettled but generally dry conditions ... with daytime cloudiness and possible light showers. Any showers that do develop should prove spotty and not a washout.”
Tuesday will be mild and dry with temperatures in the 60s verging on 70, then a cold front will bring the possibility of more widespread rain around Wednesday, forecasters said.
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