HYANNIS –Cape Cod and New England residents woke up this morning to their first real snowfall of season and winter isn’t officialuntil Wednesday.
Weather forecasters at the National Weather Service in Taunton say that there will be a total snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches for the Cape and Plymouth and Bristol Counties, with around 1 to 3 inches for the Islands.
National Weather Service Meteorologist William Babcock said that it is better to estimate the range of the snow totals than to come up with an exact number.
“Changes can add an inch or subtract an inch, so really it’s a range of values rather than trying to use a dart board and pick just one exact value,” said Babcock.
Babcock points to the cold air coming from the east and the warm air coming from the coast bringing moisture, as the reason for the snow.
With the snow comes the wind, which makes for dangerous driving conditions.
“Drive carefully because snow, especially if it’s on the roads, can be slippery and can cause your car to skid or swerve, so you want to maintain control of your car,” said Babcock.
Babcock isn’t sure how long the snow will stay since the weather switches to rain this afternoon and begins to warm up.
While he couldn’t give a prediction of what next weekend will look like for Christmas, Babcock said Christmas Eve is looking like it will be partly sunny with a chance of rain.
By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter