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Winter Storm Warning Issued for Northborough, Region

The final day of February is expected to drop the most snow since that Halloween storm.

Oil up the snowblowers and dust off the snow shovels ... you're going to need them this time.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for part of Massachusetts, including Marlborough, in effect from noon today to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Residents can expect heavy snow from this storm system, with total accumulations ranging from 6 to 10 inches. There is also a chance of a coating of ice.

Snow is expected to begin falling between 1 and 3 p.m. today, and will likely become heavy at times by the evening commute and continue into Thursday morning.

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The snow should be dry in texture.

Poor visibility (1/4 to 1/2 mile at times) and slippery road conditions are expected for both the Wednesday night and Thursday morning commutes.

Wind will blow from the east from 10-15 mph, and temperatures should remain in the lower 30s.

The Massachusetts State Police recommend several actions for motorists who may be traveling in the bad weather. 

"With a forecast of inclement weather, motorists should ensure that their vehicles are well maintained and properly equipped for winter driving," said police. "Motorists should check the fluid levels of their vehicles, particularly washer fluid and anti-freeze, to make sure that they are at adequate levels. Tires should be inspected to ensure that they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth. Motorists should equip their vehicles with a snow shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flares, a flashlight and some warm clothing and blankets.  Additionally, motorists are reminded to completely clear their vehicles of snow and ice prior to driving, including all lights, for visibility."

In addition, lowering your driving speed and allowing additional distance between is a huge factor in preventing potentially disastrous motor vehicle accidents. 

And perhaps one of the greatest factors in freezing weather is black ice. 

"Transparent ice may form on the roadway," said a release. "If you notice ice forming on any objects, assume that it is forming on the road surface as well. Bridges are usually the first surfaces to freeze. Drive slowly and, if possible, avoid driving on iced-over surfaces."

A winter storm warning is issued when an average of 6 or more inches of snow is expected in a 12-hour period, or eight or more in a 24-hour period.

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