If you do not have to travel far within Massachusetts for Christmas, the upcoming wintry weather may sound perfect for a snowy holiday weekend. But those driving or flying in should take note of several upcoming storm systems.
Thursday could be the last day of stable — though chilly — weather and sunshine for a few days. Experts with the National Weather Service predict Massachusetts will see a “wintry mix” this weekend.
On Friday, Western Massachusetts and areas along the New Hampshire-Vermont borders will see more snow, between 2-6 inches. The rest of the state, especially areas around the Mass. Turnpike, are likely to see 1-2 inches. Across Massachusetts, freezing conditions Friday into Saturday are expected to coat areas with 0.1-0.2 inches of ice.
[Tonight → Saturday Night] Significant travel impacts. We're forecasting snow accumulations up to around 2-4 inches, ice accretion of around 0.1-0.2 inches. Plan accordingly. Get the your latest local forecast → https://t.co/rzUcISg3pe pic.twitter.com/mNPJcbofx4
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) December 21, 2017
Across Massachusetts, forecasts, and weather warnings, vary.
In Western Massachusetts, including Franklin, Hampshire and Berkshire Counties, formal winter weather advisories are in effect.
From 7 a.m. Friday until noon on Saturday, drivers in Franklin and Hampshire Counties should beware of slippery roads and limited visibility during this period. The advisory in Berkshire County will begin a few hours earlier, at 3 a.m. on Friday until 10 a.m. on Saturday.
A hazardous weather outlook has been issued in areas around I-90 beginning Friday.
Snowfall is also anticipated from Sunday night into Christmas Day, but details are still uncertain at this time. Forecasters say rain is possible as well, and there is “apprehension on a major event.” The National Weather Service says there is a potential for travel impacts.