Nor'easter Bears Down
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Big storm heading in tonight. Not so much in the way of snow, but in terms of wild weather, this one has all the bases covered. Here's the timeline:
1) First wave of snow hits between 8-10pm. It will hit hard, it will hit fast, and it will account for 80-90 percent of our snow accumulation in this storm.
2) Changeover to rain will be quick along the immediate coast, but then take much of the night to push back to Metrowest and then eventually Worcester.
3) Wind is a little disconnected from the snow. It will be strongest from 4am-8am tomorrow morning. Some spots along the coast may gust to 50mph. But this is JUST along the immediate coast.
4) All precipitation will drop off to intermittent light snow and rain through tomorrow afternoon. Winds will ease also.
Here's my thinking in terms of snowfall accumulation:
Not seeing this as a big snow maker in those shadings of blue. Plenty of rain will wash away those totals by tomorrow AM. Temps will rise from the low 30s right into the 40s by sunup. However, were you see the shadings of voilet and magenta the temps will be slow to rise, and the snow will be sticking around for the duration of the storm.
Also, this first wave of snow coming into Connecticut this evening is a real barn-burner. Snowfall is so intense, it will bring traffic to a crawl. Don't be on the roads when it bears down tonight between 8-10pm.
Coastal flooding isn't a big concern, despite the storm's status as a nor'easter and the fact that the winds will be howling along the coast. High tide around 10am tomorrow isn't enough to throw a lot of water over the sea walls/shore roads. That said, we will see some spashover and high seas throughout both high tide cycles (10am/10pm).
Plenty of updates ahead!