Forecast: An Actually Not-So-Surprising April Snowstorm Comes Friday, Ends Saturday

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A winter weather advisory is in effect for northwest Rhode Island and Norfolk County in eastern MA from 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Boston area is expected to get three to four inches of snow. The weather service was predicting sleet and snow to continue in most of the area through Saturday morning and perhaps into the afternoon.

Snow will have a hard time accumulating on the roads, with most accumulation occurring overnight Friday.

That dry weather will last through Monday for the Northeast, but an active pattern will keep the threat for rain and perhaps even more snow and ice in the forecast at times later in the week. Scattered power outages are possible for those under Winter Storm Warnings due to several inches of this heavy, wet snow.

"If snow is heavy enough, it could overcome the relatively warm surface temperatures and coat some roadways for a time, making for slick travel around Boston", Sojda said. High: 35-40. Wind: E 5-15 miles per hour.

Main Impact: Travel may become hard with snow covered and snow packed roads.

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Colorado Springs proper and southern El Paso County also were upgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory from 8 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday, with accumulation between 3 to 7 inches possible, the service said. Here in western MA, average snowfall rates are around 2 inches.

The precipitation - rain, snow, sleet or a mixture - is expected to taper off around sunrise and exit the region by around 9 a.m.

Friday night and Saturday morning ski traffic will be impacted between Golden and Vail Pass.

A potent spring storm will bring accumulating snow to parts of the Intermountain West, including Denver, into Saturday night.

That snow was expected to quickly turn back to rain this afternoon in metro Buffalo, Reynolds said.

- Sunday the nicest day of the upcoming weekend.