A winter weather advisory has been issued for much of Massachusetts and New England, with forecasters expecting one to three inches of snow to accumulate in the Marlborough area.
The advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday, until 1 p.m. in the afternoon.
"Driving and walking on untreated roadways and sidewalks will be difficult," said a release from the National Weather Service. "Motorists need to be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and secondary roadways where slippery spots can easily develop."
The Massachusetts State Police also advised drivers to extra cautious during the bad weather, though typical for this time of year.
"Be mindful that wet, icy and snow-covered roads require increased stopping time," said police. "Motorists are advised to drive at speeds appropriate to the weather conditions, significantly slower than they would drive on dry roads, and to keep greater distance than normal between their cars and the cars in front of them. The rule of thumb for dry weather—one car length for every 10 miles per hour of speed—should be increased in inclement weather. Motorists should leave extra time to get to their destination, especially during tomorrow morning’s commute."
The heaviest precipitation is expected to come in the early morning hours and into the Thursday a.m. commute.
National Grid has issued a statement saying they are prepared for any issues that may develop as a result of the inclement weather, by having extra crews on standby and readying equipment should any outages occur.
“We continue to monitor the weather and are taking action now to be able to respond quickly and safely to potential outages that could occur to minimize the duration of any service disruptions,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. “As always, our top priority is safety and we are reaching out to our life support and critical facilities customers as a precaution.
If anyone does lose power, visit National Grid's website to get the latest outage information and scheduled recovery time.
As always, the city will have crews from the Department of Public Works dealing with any issues that occur within Marlborough.