Snow & Wind Take Over
Posted by Chris Lambert
We're just a week remove from the historic Blizzard that dumped over 2 feet of snow across the area, with hurricane force wind gusts at the coast. Now, we'll deal with more snow and wind moving in. This go-around, the wind won't be as strong, the snow amounts not nearly as prolific, but a headache nonetheless.
Snow overspreads the area tonight. First, light snow and flurries are scattered about through the evening, and as temps dip below freezing (let's say around 9PM and after), slippery spots develop on the roads. Snow becomes steadier after midnight, and heavy at times along the coastline and across SE Mass by 4-5AM. From that time, through 11AM, snow piles up quickly across coastal Mass, especially the South Shore, Cape and Islands. Winds start picking up too, gusting out of the north to northwest at 40-50mph by daybreak Sunday. During the day Sunday, wind gusts exceed 55mph on the Cape, prompting the high wind warning that's in place.
Despite this not being a repeat of last weekend, there will be several hours that this storm packs a punch in terms of falling snow and wind. Moderate to heavy snow, combined with an active wind does reduce visibility through late morning Sunday, creating tricky travel. As ugly as it'll look in the morning, much of the snow is done by noon, with the exception of the Cape and Islands, and perhaps some lingering light snow at the coast.
So how much? Right now, it looks like many towns in the 128-495 belt pick up 3-5" of fluff. In Boston, I'm leaning more toward 5 or 6" at this point, with to 7-9" across Plymouth County, the Cape and Islands,locally higher there wouldn't surprise me. Take a look at the "special map" section of the website for further details.
Tides are astronomically much lower this weekend and the strongest winds have an offshore component to them, so we're not expecting major issues with coastal flooding this time.