What could be the biggest snowstorm of the winter is forecasted to move into Hamilton and Wenham on Wednesday afternoon.
Up to five inches of snow is expected to accumulate between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening in what forecasters are calling a long duration storm. The winter storm is expected to slow the commute on both Wednesday evening – when there will likely be no more than a coating of snow on the ground - and Thursday morning.
While larger totals are forecasted for areas to the north and west, the maritime influence will keep totals down in Hamilton and Wenham.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the two towns just after noon on Wednesday. A winter weather advisory is issued wehn a combination of snow, sleet, and/or freezing rain is expected and the conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. The advisory runs through 6 p.m. on Thursday. The storm is expected to move in after 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
At some point on Wednesday night, sleet and freezing rain may mix with the snow and could cause a coating of ice to accumulate.
But the storm will end as all snow, with gusty winds.
If the storm materializes as forecasted, it will end up being the largest snowstorm of the winter. Besides that, it has been a mostly warm and snowless winter that has already of the at earlier this month.
But it is unlikely that any snow that does accumulate will stick around for long - the forecast calls for rain and temperatures into the 40s on Saturday.