(WHDH) — A winter storm warning has been issued for parts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire starting Thursday afternoon through Friday morning as the region receives its first widespread snow of the season.
Up to six inches of snow is expected to fall in some areas, along with the possibility for ice accumulations and freezing rain, according to the 7Weather team.
Plowable snow is likely outside of Route 128, while cities and towns closer to Interstate 495 will see heavier snowfall.
The warning includes Eastern Franklin, Western Franklin, Western Hampshire, Central Middlesex, Eastern Hampden, Eastern Hampshire, Northern Worcester, Northwest Middlesex, Southern Worcester, Western Essex, and Western Hampden counties.
Southern New Hampshire and points north are also included in the warning.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for the rest of Massachusetts, including the South Shore, South Coast, Metro Boston and points along the North Shore.
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A high wind warning has been issued for Cape Cod and the Islands with possible gusts of up to 50-60 mph. The warning starts at midnight and will last into early Friday.
The storm is scheduled to arrive at the New England south coast between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday before reaching Massachusetts and New Hampshire between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The heaviest snow is expected between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m.
In the Fitchburg area and points north and south of Worcester, as well as areas out west, 4 to 6 inches could fall. The same is true for southern New Hampshire. Parts of central New Hampshire could see more than six inches.
Areas along the North Shore, South Shore and South Coast will likely see the storm change quickly over to rain. A dusting to four inches of snow is possible, depending upon where the rain-snow line sets up.
The slower changeover will also bring sleet and freezing rain overnight before eventually changing over to rain around midnight, making for a wet Friday morning commute.
Driving conditions are expected to be poor between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The storm will start to clear out by 11 a.m.
For more information, check out the 7Weather page here.
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