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    Heavy snow, wintry mix marks April’s arrival across parts of northeastern US

    By Jordan Root, AccuWeather meteorologist
    April 01, 2017, 9:58:02 AM EDT

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    A storm system will continue to bring wet snow and some ice across New England on Saturday, bringing a wintry start to April across the region.

    Snow and sleet will continue to accumulate on grassy and elevated surfaces during the day on Saturday with some roads turning slippery and slushy.

    "From the Berkshires and northern Massachusetts to the Green and White Mountains, a couple of more slushy inches of snow and sleet are likely by the end of Saturday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said.

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    However in most places, roadways should remain above freezing and wet, thanks to the early April sun angle.

    Motorists should still be cautious during their travels as heavy snow and rain will reduce visibility and will still make for slippery conditions. In places where the snow or ice falls heavily, road accumulations can quickly occur. Those taking to the road or air may encounter delays throughout the day on Saturday.

    Snow battled the late-March sun angle during the day on Friday, which kept most highway temperatures above freezing and wet. However, snow accumulated on grassy and elevated surfaces.

    It was a different story on Friday night into early Saturday morning.

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    An inch of snow accumulated in Boston overnight, but as temperatures rose and precipitation changed over to rain, only a coating of slush was left by sunrise.

    As of Saturday morning, moderate traffic is being reported where sleet and freezing rain fell for much of Friday night across inland Massachusetts and on Interstate 95 north of Boston to Portland, Maine, where snow is still falling.

    The worst travel will be on Interstate 89, I-91, I-93 and I-95, but many roads, especially secondary roads, in the area will also have issues. Those who have travel plans should expect slow travel and delays, and will want to give themselves extra time, or perhaps even consider canceling and rescheduling.

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    Rain and snow may mix for a time across eastern Massachusetts, including Boston on Saturday and could lead to some issues if it falls heavily.

    "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.

    In some areas of New England, the heavy, wet snow may cling to trees and power lines, resulting in power outages.

    As of Saturday morning, a few thousand power outages were reported, mainly across New Hampshire and Maine.

    Farther south across southern New England, a battle between warm and cold air will lead to a wintry mix of precipitation, including sleet and freezing rain for a time.

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    Precipitation will taper off on Saturday afternoon as the storm pulls farther away from the coast. Motorists can expect some travel improvements late in the day.

    "Dry weather will return behind this storm with slowly moderating temperatures," Sojda said.

    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.

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