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A storm that just left the South and Midwest hits us today, bringing the Boston area snow, freezing rain and sleet within the next 12–24 hours. This storm affected many communities from Texas to Ohio yesterday. Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma were especially hard hit by ice from the storm; power lines and tree branches were downed, and many lost electricity. Snow fell to the north of the ice belt, with white accumulations from Illinois to Ohio. The storm moved our way into the northeast early in the am. The commute this morning should be hit by the hardest of the snow and sleet from this storm. This afternoon, Boston should see the snow changing into sleet and freezing rain as warmer air will be move in. How much snow and how much frozen stuff will we see? Expect from 3–6 inches of snow, with more emphasis on the lower side of this estimate. After 3 p.m., rain and sleet could total as much as a half of an inch or more.

Tonight, this fast-moving storm will keep moving, leaving rain and snow for us, although the majority of the precipitation is already behind us. By the early morning hours, around 3–5 a.m., any remaining snow and rain should end. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy to sunny and breezy with wind from the west. It’ll be partly cloudy and chilly tomorrow night. Friday sees more clouds and a very slight chance for snow, although weekend skiers headed for New Hampshire and Vermont should not expect any new powder other than what was laid by today’s storm.

Extended Forecast

Today: Snow changing to sleet and rain as the day, high around 37˚F (3˚C).

Tonight: Low in the upper 20s°F; rain and snow continuing until 4 a.m.

Thursday: Dry; partly cloudy to sunny with a high near 32˚F (0˚C).

Thursday night: Cloudy and chilly with a low in the upper teens.

Friday: Cloudy with a very slight chance of snow. High in the lower 30s°F.