The winter weather advisory remains in effect Tuesday as freezing rain and ice accumulations persist; “Several cars sped off,” Massachusetts State Police said
Much of Massachusetts will remain icy cold for much of Tuesday morning.
A winter weather advisory will remain in effect for all of Massachusetts east to central Middlesex County until 7 a.m., with forecasters warning of freezing rain, ice packs and slippery driving conditions.
The dangerous conditions will likely have an impact on the morning drive before the precipitation mainly turns to rain at dawn, according to the National Weather Service. The agency nonetheless urged drivers to slow down and use caution when traveling.
Massachusetts State Police have previously reported that roads in northeastern Massachusetts, including Route 128 in the Route 3 area of Burlington, are icy. Several cars skidded or slid off the road, authorities noted.
“Motorists should watch out for icy roads and take precautions. Schedule extra time and adjust the speed down accordingly, ”state police said in a tweet.
Early Tuesday, a line of freezing rain extended along and west of Interstate 495 in northern Massachusetts to the Worcester Hills and Berkshires, according to the weather service.
This line will slowly retreat to the northwest as the morning progresses. From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., sub-freezing temperatures and freezing rains are expected to be confined to western and central Massachusetts, especially in upland areas like the Worcester Hills and eastern slopes. Berkshires, forecasters said.
Temperatures are expected to exceed freezing statewide around noon, promoting dry weather and ending the threat of freezing rain, according to the meteorologist.
By the time the storm is over, about a tenth to a quarter of the ice will have accumulated across the state east of I-495. Larger amounts, a quarter to a half inch, are expected in hill towns of the Pioneer Valley and a pocket of central Massachusetts from Worcester to Fitchburg, the weather service said.
Lesser ice accumulations of 0.01 to 0.10 inches are expected in the counties of Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Much of southeastern Massachusetts and the Cape and Islands will not experience any build-up, the agency said.
Forecasters were also anticipating light accumulations of snow and sleet. Most communities were expected to get only an inch of the winter precipitation mix, with Boston, Worcester and Springfield receiving less than an inch.
Up to 2 inches was expected in Berkshire, Franklin and North Worcester counties, and a pocket of up to 3 inches was expected in and around North Adams, officials said.
The rains are expected to end on Tuesday afternoon. Dry and cold weather will return on Wednesday before another winter storm arrives later this week and brings plow snow to the Commonwealth, meteorologists say.
“Another hard-hitting winter storm will sweep through the region from Thursday to Friday, bringing several inches of snow, potentially mixing with sleet / freezing rain / rain overnight,” the weather service said.
Forecasts are subject to change after 72 hours.