WINTER STORM OAKLEE: WARNING ISSUED FOR MUCH OF MASSACHUSETTS; FROM HEAVY SNOW TO SLEET….
Winter Storm Oaklee: Warning issued for much of Massachusetts; from heavy snow to sleet. here’s what to expect
Less than 48 hours after record breaking weather in Massachusetts that saw temperatures hit near 70. much of the state is under a winter storm warning with as much as a foot of snow expected to fall on Friday. A total of 8 to 12 inches of snow is expected to fall north of the Massachusetts Turnpike on Friday with 6 to 8 inches forecast for the southern part of the state and anywhere from 3 to 6 inches for Cape Cod. the National Weather Service is forecasting. Parts of the state could also see sleet. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area north of the Mass. Pike with a winter storm watch in effect for much of the rest of the state. “In general. areas under winter storm warnings will see the worst conditions. including dangerous travel. from snow and/or ice. Locations under advisories could also encounter slippery travel.” reports the Weather Channel. which dubbed the event Winter Storm Oaklee. Thursday will be dry. but cold. with temperatures in the 30s for much of Massachusetts with some sun expected. The snow is expected to start moving into the region between 1 and 4 a.m. on Friday and it could be heavy at times. The National Weather Service is predicting heavy snow. falling at a rate of between 1 and 2 inches per hour right at the onset of the storm. That heavy snow could have a big impact on the Friday morning commute. “Travel will be quite difficult at this time.” the National Weather Service said. This is shaping up to be a one day storm with the precipitation moving out late Friday night. Forecasters agree Northern Massachusetts will bear the brunt of the storm with up to a foot of snow by the time it winds down Friday night. But the total amount of snow in the area south of the Mass. Pike is less certain. with sleet and even rain possible during the storm. Although forecasters are predicting 6 to 8 inches of snow for much of that area. a warm nose of air could push the precipitation there to sleet. making for a messy but less snowy situation. “If this arrives 1 to 2 hours earlier/later than expected it will have a big outcome on accumulations.” the National Weather Service said. Forecasters say a brief period of sleet may also work its way into the northern part of the state at some point during the day. but they expect snow and precipitation to continue throughout most of Friday. Temperature changes late Friday could also result in some flash freezing as well. Ice accumulation is expected in Connecticut and that could impact the Springfield area as well. Although snow is expected to taper off later Friday. the evening could see a second period of snow. not quite as heavy as earlier in the day. but with the potential to add an inch or two to what has already fallen. After the storm rolls out Friday. we can expect a dry. sunny weekend with daytime temperatures in the 30s.