And Here They Come
Posted by Pete Bouchard
For a storm center that was FAR offshore, today's little number had some flash:
As of this typing, the last bits of snow are scooting through SE Mass. and off Cape. Cold air is following, making certain that anything left untreated will freeze solid in the long night ahead.
Sun's back for tomorrow, but since there's a lot of cold air blowing off the Great Lakes, we'll see plenty of debris clouds from the snow squalls downwind of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Yes, believe it or not, those clouds can make it this far, and on very rare occasions (usually with a hard, fast west wind) can produce some random flakes in the Commonwealth.
We won't see any of those in the coming days. It's peace and quiet...but cold. That may change this weekend as a storm creeps up from the Deep South. In fact, the cold could conspire to feed the storm and heighten snow amounts.
Long range charts paint this as the proverbial 600 lb. gorilla. Storm is forecast to cruise off Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, putting MOST of Mass. in the zone of heavy snow.
Note that the colors correspond to wind, NOT precipitation. That said, there certainly is the potential for a foot of snow where it stays cold enough in all levels of the atmosphere.
But we've been down this path before. While I'm confident of a storm striking this weekend, we still have to iron out the details. Studies show that it's the wise weatherperson that uses the consensus this far out, not an individual model run from a Tuesday morning (like above).
This is a much warmer solution. One that would have us changing to rain well into the Metrowest communities...and possibly mixing deep into Central Mass.
No doubt the newsies will be all over it with the racy headlines and hollering, but just keep it here for the real deal. The picture will only become clearer with each passing day. In the meantime, watch for icy steps and sidewalks.