The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory and high wind warning for Hamilton and Wenham, effective at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The wet snow that is expected to fall on Saturday night will be wet and could be damaging because many leaves are still on the trees.
Highway crews from and in both towns with sanders, plows and chainsaws.
The winter weather advisory extends through 8 a.m. on Sunday, according to the weather service, because 1 to 2 inches of snow is expected to accumulate. A winter weather advisory is issued when snow and ice are expected but accumulation will be light and could make driving difficult.
The storm is expected to begin as rain in the two towns and then switch to snow as the cold air overtakes the warm maritime air that was in place over the area. The changeover from rain to snow was forecasted to happen in the early morning hours of Sunday, before daybreak. It is expected to end later on Sunday morning.
The snow and wind may damage trees and cause power outages. Roads may possibly become slippery too, according to the weather service.
The wind is forecasted to blow from the northeast at first at 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 55 mph. The wind will later shift to the north and northwest. The weather service’s high wind warning, issued at 3:51 p.m. on Saturday and goes into effect at 8 p.m., said that some of the gusts could possibly be damaging and that the highest gusts will come on Sunday morning.