Winter weather advisory, flood watches issued in Massachusetts as another storm arrives

A number of weather advisories are in effect across Massachusetts due to another winter storm that’s sweeping across the region Wednesday.

Steady snowfall during the afternoon and into the evening is expected to make for a slow and slippery commute.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Central Middlesex, Eastern Franklin, Eastern Hampden, Eastern Hampshire, Northern Worcester, Northwest Middlesex, Southern Worcester, Western Franklin, Western Hampden, Western Hampshire, and Western Essex counties from 1 p.m. Wednesday through 1 a.m. Thursday.

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Mixed precipitation is expected in those areas with total snow accumulations of 1 to 6 inches and ice accumulations. Winds could also gust as high as 40 mph.

Points along the coastline including Cape Ann, Boston, the South Shore, South Coast, and Cape Cod will likely only see a coating of one inch or less of washaway snow.

“Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute,” the NWS said in a statement.

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The snowfall will flip to heavy rain later in the evening. A flood watch has been issued for Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth, Northern Bristol, Southeast Middlesex, Suffolk, Western Norfolk, Western Plymouth, Souther Bristol, and Southern Plymouth counties from Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

“A period of heavy rain combined with snowmelt Wednesday night into Thursday morning may cause street and poor drainage flooding along with rises on area rivers, creeks and streams. Localized flooding also will be favored where heavy rain falls on clogged storm drains.,” the NWS said.

A coastal flood advisory has also been issued for Southern Bristol and Southern Plymouth counties from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 3 a.m. Thursday.

“Up to one half foot of inundation above ground level expected in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways,” the NWS said.

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A wind advisory is in effect for Barnstable, Dukes, Eastern Plymouth, Nantucket, Southern Bristol, and Southern Plymouth counties from 9 p.m. Wednesday through 9 a.m. Thursday.

South winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected in those areas.

“Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result,” the NWS said.

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