Walk like a penguin! That’s the advice for those heading out the door early this morning, especially near and north and west of Boston. Last night’s snow transitioned over to freezing rain and drizzle and with temperatures near or below freezing for many towns away from Southeast Mass, that means plenty of icy secondary roads, sidewalks and driveways. Even when temps warm into the mid 30s, a frigid ground will likely still provide enough cold for an icy covering. What you need is for temps to surges into the 40s and 50s, and that’s exactly what we’ll get.
The mild air that’s across Southeast Mass this morning will continue to migrate north and eventually erode the cold air in place. Even some breaks of sunshine arrive this morning into midday! Most of the area should be well above freezing by 9am, with the exception for the Merrimack Valley and Southern N.H. There, it may take until 10am or so.
Spotty showers early this afternoon transition to a slug of downpours from 4-8pm. While icy roads are no longer an issue, the heavier rain, puddles and gusty winds will challenge the evening commute. Winds gust this afternoon and early this evening past 50mph across eastern Mass. Rain totals run 0.50 – 1"
Rain and wind taper off this evening.
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