For the second time in less than a week, a snowstorm may gunk up the morning commute.
A winter storm watch has been issued for Hamilton and Wenham for Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. The watch means that there is the potential for accumulating snow of 6 inches or more in a 12-hour period or 8 inches or more in a 24-hour period.
The snow is expected to start to fall late Monday afternoon or early Monday evening. The storm may impact the Tuesday morning commute and make roads slippery, the weather service said. It could the second time in six days that a morning commute includes snowfall. Last Wednesday, the morning commute was slow-going and included several accidents when a few inches of snow fell right at daybreak.
Tuesday's watch was issued on Sunday night by the National Weather Service for northeast Massachusetts, including Hamilton and Wenham.
Up to 4-8 inches of snow are possible, although the weather service said, “there is still some uncertainty on the amounts which will depend on the exact track of the system.”
Regardless of the track, forecasters agree that the immediate coast will receive the greatest amount of snow.
“The snow may become heavy at times,” the weather service said. “The snow should taper off sometime Tuesday morning.”
The temperature will be in the lower 20s through the storm and wind will gust to 15-25 miles per hour.