Posted by Pete Bouchard
Through most of the morning, the snow was light, at times intermittent and navigable. We ran our errands, grabbed our mik and bread, and made for our safe place.
But now the storm is entering a new phase, with the second, third, and final acts to follow.
Moderate to heavy snow through the evening. Travel is difficult, but not impossible. Despite that, the Governor mandated cars/trucks/non-essential vehicles off the roads by 4pm, so we'll assume you aren't on the road for Act II.
Winds will whip at the coast to 40-50mph. Wet, heavy snow will cake to the trees/limbs in Greater Boston, but just beyond the Weston tolls, and NW of the 93/128 interchange in Woburn the snow will drift and be light. Visibility reduced.
9:45-ish high tides: moderate flood in Sandwich, Plymouth, Scituate and Cape Ann owing to the gusty north wind.
Overnight and early Saturday morning. Travel is nearly impossible. White-outs, blizzard conditions, drifting snow and a vicious wind.
Winds will gust near hurricane force (74mph or better) at times along the coast as the storm rounds Nantucket and heads east.
10am high tide is more of a concern because of the intense wind. Sandwich, Plymouth, Scituate and Cape Ann will experience MAJOR coastal flooding. Moderate flooding is expected in Revere, Hull, Nantucket Harbor, Marshfield, Hingham and Chatham East.
Storm starts to pull away mid/late morning. We can start to talk about the end game by midday as the back edge of the snow starts to work into Greater Worcester. I still think we'll see accumulating snow throughout the early part of the afternoon, but after 3pm, the storm may breath its last breath. Granted, the snow may shut down, but the wind will continue even as the skies clear. Blowing and drifting will be issues through early Sunday.
More to come.