Freezing rain makes for sloppy morning commute

BOSTON, MA - February 20, 2019: - A man pushes a carriage through Boston Common in Boston, MA on February 20, 2019. A blanket of snow just covered Boston on Presidents’ Day — but already another storm is headed for the region. The exact timing of the snow is not certain yet, the National Weather Service said Tuesday, but forecasters predicted snow will begin falling between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday — favoring the latter half of that range — in the western and central parts of Massachusetts, which could make for a messy evening commute. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:
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A man pushed a carriage through Boston Common in Boston on Wednesday.

Remnants of last night’s mixed precipitation are hanging around for the morning commute.

Just over an inch of snow fell in Boston overnight and totals across the state range between 1 and 2 inches, forecasters reported. The highest amount of snowfall occurred in Topsfield and Gloucester, where it was reported that 2.5 inches of snow fell.

Snow fall totals remained low thanks to a transition to sleet and rain overnight. That mixed precipitation will also make roads slippery as people head to work.


“The hazardous conditions could impact the Thursday morning commute,” forecasters said. “Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.”

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Once precipitation moves offshore, dry air and increased sunshine will follow. Temperatures are expected to be 5 to 10 degrees above normal and conditions across the state will improve by the afternoon.

Friday and Saturday also are expected to by dry, sunny, and in the 40s. The next possible round of wintery mix is slated for Saturday night into Sunday.

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