Storm Preparations Underway Ahead of Freezing Rain And Sleet

Driving in a Snow Storm

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BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) – Another winter storm is upon us, which means salt piles across the Commonwealth have been loading up their trucks reading to pre-treat the roads and tackle whatever this storm may bring.

Instead of multiple feet of snow, like the last walloping, this storm could deliver freezing rain, meaning roads, sidewalks and driveways could all freeze up. A number of Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories have been issued.

Salt trucks will have their work cut out for them today. Given the amount of rain expected ahead of the freeze, much of the helpful chemicals and salt from those crews pre-treating the roads will be washed aside. Instead crews will have to sand and salt continuously, likely a losing battle in many areas.

So when will the rain turn to ice in your area? Let's break it down: The first changeover happens along the MA/NH border, where by 5 a.m. Friday, everything north will be ice and snow. By 8 a.m. Friday, ice will take the place of rain as far south as the Mass Pike (including Boston and Worcester). By Noon on Friday, that rain/ice line covers most of the South Shore and southeastern Massachusetts, leaving just the Cape and Islands. And by 4 p.m. Friday, all of southern New England will be below freezing.

Precipitation should come to an end between 5-and-8 p.m., with a bit of light snow at the very end, however given that we will see mostly rain to sleet, the accumulations will be low.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports

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