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First Storm Of Winter May Turn Out To Be A Bust

Dec 28, 2016 04:10PM ● By Bill Gilman
Atty. Paul King

 The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Merrimack Valley, starting at 9 a.m. Thursday and continuing through 4 a.m. Friday.
Forecasts are varied, but it looks like the region will see no more than 5-6 inches of snow through the duration of the storm, much of which may get washed away by period of rain.
Originally, the NWS had issued a Winter Storm Warning for Central and Western Mass and a Winter Storm Watch for the Merrimack Valley. But those were taken down Wednesday afternoon, as the track of the storm changed.
According to the NWS, the snow will start late Thursday morning and change over to rain and a mix of rain/snow Thursday evening before changing back to snow overnight.
Winds will be 10-20 MPH with gusts as high as 50 MPH late Thursday evening.
The high temperature will be 39 degrees on Thursday and 38 on Friday.
The most dangerous period of the storm is expected to be during the evening rush hour on Thursday. Drivers are encouraged to take extra caution and give themselves extra time to get to their destimation.

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