Posted by Pete Bouchard
Houses (and nerves) were rattled last night with what seemed like a freight train (with dual locomotives) barreling through the Commonwealth. Gusts topped 80 mph high atop Blue Hill in Milton, and a general swath of 60-70mph winds were present around Greater Boston and the South Shore.
Big question is why did the storm spare the Merrimack Valley and Southern NH hurricane-force gusts? (Granted, winds there weren't light, but they weren't to the tune of 60-80mph either.) That's because a squall line - or line of intense, convective rain - hit the former and spared the latter.
Now it's time to simmer down. Winds will still be around, but they will nag - not terrorize - us. Chill is setting in too. Highs tomorrow nudge the mid 30s, but Saturday we'll fall short of freezing in many areas. Winter is back!
And because of that, we're watching the weather maps for snow. One such event may be unfolding Sunday, but it doesn't look any worse than what we've seen this winter - in select spots.
This storm will flare up south of Long Island and intensify en route to the Gulf of Maine. That puts Eastern Massachusetts in the cross-hairs of the greatest accumulation, but the concern here is how strong the storm will be when it passes overhead. I'm throwing around the 3-5 inch amounts in my head, but I haven't yet put it to print just yet. West of Worcester, accumulations will be lighter.