As Cape Codders dig out from last weekend’s big snow smack, another round of less-than-pleasant weather is set to roll into the region on Friday.
According to the National Weather Service, “a cold front drops south through New England and will bring rain Thursday into Thursday night, which will transition to (a) wintry mix of sleet, snow and perhaps some freezing rain from north to south on Friday as The colder air pushes in.”
At this point, it appears Cape Cod will see mostly rain and avoid much snow or sleet accumulation. National Weather Service forecasters are becoming more confident that higher accumulations will occur north of the Mass Pike and especially along Route 2, where four inches of snow/sleet are possible.
A Winter Storm Watch is in place for most of the state from late Thursday night to Friday evening, with the exception of southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands.
Folks traveling from Cape Cod on Friday might run into challenging circumstances. In areas covered by the storm watch, rapidly falling temperatures on Friday combined with the precipitation could result in a flash freeze, leading to hazardous and slippery driving conditions during both the morning and afternoon commutes.
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After the weather system rolls through, dry and colder weather is expected this weekend. Here’s the National Weather Service forecast for Hyannis:
Thursday: Cloudy, with a high near 46. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
Thursday Night: Rain likely, mainly after 4 am Cloudy, with a low around 33. South wind 6 to 8 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Friday: Rain before 2 pm, then rain, possibly mixed with sleet between 2pm and 5pm, then sleet likely, possibly mixed with snow after 5pm. High near 43. West wind 7 to 13 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
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Friday Night: Rain, snow, and sleet likely before 10pm, then a chance of snow between 10 pm and 4 am Cloudy, with a low around 20. North wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. Northwest wind 10 to 17 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning.