Posted by Chris Lambert
Bright start to this Wednesday morning, and a cold one too with temps running in the upper teens and lower 20s to start the day. With the cold air in place and a big storm heading our way, you can bet we have a messy mix to contend with tonight and tomorrow.
Despite being so cold this morning, this will not be an all snow event, in fact, inside 495, we see more rain than snow. The reason for the change is the track of the storm.
Snow breaks out from 7-10PM tonight (earliest south of Pike, latest near NH/MA border). Even in Boston, this storm briefly starts as wet snow before a quick change to rain. The quick change to rain is thanks to an increasing easterly wind that drags in milder air. At the coast and across much of SE Mass, winds tonight gust 50-55mph, creating isolated power outages. Little to no snow accumulations expected at the coast. Coastal flooding is not much of a concern, in part due to astronomical low tides.
The snow hangs on a bit longer around Route 128, where an inch or so of snow falls before a mix with sleet and change to rain. Between 128 and 495 expect 1-3" before the change, 3-6" outside 495, then sleet and freezing rain which will cause it's own travel headaches, and across northern Worcester County into southern NH from Manchester, points west, 6-12" will fall. For the latest updates... check out the "special map" section of the website.
Precip tapers off to scattered showers by noon tomorrow.
The weekend storm has trended even farther east this morning, but some snow is possible Saturday night and Sunday morning. This time around, the best chance for snow is across SE Mass, including the Cape!
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