Thanksgiving travel in Massachusetts set to be affected by approaching storm

Thanksgiving travel in Massachusetts set to be affected by approaching storm

A winter storm is expected to hit Massachusetts late Tuesday night, bringing snow, rain, and strong winds that could disrupt road and air travel ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. According to Boston 25 Meteorologist Shiri Spear, the storm will start with snow in inland communities and elevated areas before transitioning to rain and wind on Wednesday morning.

Spear warns that the worst travel conditions will occur from late Tuesday night through midday Wednesday, with a mix of brief snow and heavy rain making for an unpleasant day. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible in the Worcester Hills and southern New Hampshire, while higher elevations in areas like the Monadnocks, Vermont, and the Berkshires could see 3 to 6 inches of snow before it turns to rain.

Overnight travelers should expect some difficulties due to the snowfall, although much of it is expected to be washed away or turn into slush by Wednesday morning. As the day progresses, soaking rainfall could bring up to 2 inches of precipitation to many areas. Spear notes that the transition to rain will likely occur in most towns before sunrise.

Strong winds will accompany the storm, with gusts of around 30 mph inland, 40 mph in coastal and Boston areas, and 50-60 mph on Cape Cod and the Islands. However, the skies are expected to clear in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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