Snow Leaves, Cold & Wind Stay
Posted by Chris Lambert
It was just a glancing blow from a monster ocean storm to our east, but it was close enough to create a nasty second half of the weekend. Snow totals weren't all that high, lots of 4-5" reports, but the wind made what snow we had blow, drift and reduce visibility all day long.
Officially at Logan Airport, we picked up 5.1" of snow. The radar showed a heavier band of snow this morning over the airport, but not quite as heavy over the city. That's why much of the metro area had slightly less. Logan is where the official reports are held, and we're now up to 40.8" for the season (32" alone in the last 15 days). That's 11" ABOVE the average for being this far through winter. Worcester has picked up 67.5" this winter so far. That's almost 2 FEET above average. Of course, much of the snow came in with the Blizzard.
The snow leaves us tonight, but the cold and wind stick around. Winds gust past 40mph through midnight tonight, then fall back just a tad by daybreak tomorrow. Factor in those strong winds with temps running in the teens, and wind chill factors fall to 0 and just below.
At least we'll have clearing skies overnight, and that means sunshine for Monday. Temps manage to crack the 30 degree mark as well by the afternoon, although a strong breeze still adds a chill to the air.
Tuesday starts off fine, but in the afternoon a front races in with rain showers. There will likely be just enough cold air left in place that a few sleet pellets and snow flakes mix in north of the Pike, especially closer to the NH border. This is not a big rain or snow maker for us, but could add some puddles and slow downs for the evening commute.
Overnight Tuesday, into Friday look quiet. Although by Friday evening and Saturday, we'll watch for the chance of more rain and snow showers. This system looks disorganized now, but we'll have to keep an eye on it.
Enjoy the week. You kids that have the week off from school... ski conditions should work out just fine!