On the heels of one winter storm, more snow and rain are in store for New England, with the highest amounts expected in Maine and New Hampshire. But Massachusetts residents can also expect to see some accumulation Wednesday.
The storm is expected to be similar to other recent weather events in Massachusetts, with a mix of snow and rain forecast across the state, according to the National Weather Service.
Portions of central, eastern, and western Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, and northern Rhode Island are under a winter weather advisory from early Wednesday afternoon through early Thursday morning. In those areas, mixed precipitation is expected, with snow accumulations between 1 and 4 inches expected, along with a light glaze of ice.
Rain and strong winds are also expected, with gusts potentially reaching up to 45 miles per hour in some areas. Across southeast New England, gusts could reach between 45 and 55 miles per hour. There is also a risk of flooding along the southeast coast of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, forecasters said.
The snow will impact the evening commute, forecasters said in an online discussion forum. The bulk of the snow will fall between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. before changing to rain in the late evening.
After midnight, street flooding may be possible due to rain and there will be pockets of freezing rain, the weather service said. The heaviest rain will fall across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, “where 2 to 3 inches [of] rain are expected.”
Light snow will move out of region by 3 PM followed by a short break in action.— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) January 25, 2023
Next round of snow arrives 4-7 PM and will bring most of accumulation, Snow changes to rain from S to N 5-10 PM.
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Parts of northern Massachusetts, including Greenfield and Fitchburg, could see up to 6 inches of snow, while Worcester and Springfield will likely receive between 2 and 3 inches. Only about an inch of snow is expected in Boston, with even less likely in southeastern Massachusetts.
In Rhode Island, residents can also expect to see snow. While Burrillville and Foster will get just over an inch, Providence is likely to see less than an inch.
Meanwhile, New Hampshire and Maine could get walloped again, with up to a foot of snow expected in some areas. A winter storm warning is in effect for the majority of both states from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.
New Hampshire and Maine
Low pressure will bring moderate to heavy snow late Wednesday evening, the weather service said, causing low visibility and hazardous driving conditions through the morning commute. Wind gusts could reach 45 miles per hour.
In sections of Maine and northern New Hampshire, heavy snow and mixed precipitation is possible, with accumulations up to 12 inches.
Central New Hampshire is likely to receive the most snow, up to a foot in some areas, while the southern part of the state is expected to receive 3 to 6 inches.
In Maine, both Bangor and Rangeley could see up to a foot of snow, while Portland may get as much as 4 inches and Bar Harbor between 2 to 3 inches.
Roads in Maine are likely to become slick and hazardous, with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Drivers are urged to use caution.
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