StormTeam10: Wintry mix Friday into Saturday
On the heels on the sunniest, and arguably, nicest day of the early spring season...we are talking about a return of messy wintry weather...here's a look at Thursday's high temps:
The worst of this storm still looks to occur to our north, areas along the Massachusetts Turnpike and points north where a Winter Storm Watch remains in effect (potential for 6" or more of wet snow)...locally a Winter Weather Advisory is in place for northwestern RI and all of northern CT (minor accumulation, mainly on the grass).
Here's the timeline:
I don't think we will face any heavy snow or wintry mix Friday morning, in fact the precipitation may start & stop intermittently.
The steadier mix arrives around midday and continues through the afternoon into Friday evening. As the storm intensifies late Friday night we SHOULD see a transition to all rain locally as a layer of "warmer" air wraps in off the ocean.
It's hard to encapsulate a tidy little accumulation map with this storm since we will see the precipitation type oscillate between snow, sleet & rain at times through Friday and even toward the tail end of the storm on Saturday afternoon! So basically I expect the potential of a couple of inches of wet snow, mainly on the grass to accumulate locally...more well to our north.
With temperatures likely above freezing throughout the duration of the storm, at least from Providence through points south & east, I also expect area roads to remain wet, limiting the severity of impact on travel.
Certainly a shift in the track or a wiggle farther south with the storm may make a difference so this forecast could change a bit but the general consensus among our forecast guidance continues to point to central and northern Massachusetts into southern VT & NH seeing the greatest impact from snow accumulation where 8-12"+ is possible.
We will keep you updated as new guidance comes in later Thursday night right here AND of course on air on NBC10 News.
Thanks for reading...Mark