Posted by Chris Lambert
As we enter the 3rd week of February, we also enter the homestretch of winter. The meteorological winter (Dec-Feb) ends in 10 days, and it looks like we'll have to pay close attention to what happens over the next 10 days, and perhaps even into early March. It's not to say big snowstorms are a lock, but given the overall pattern, I do think we'll have a shot of adding to our snow totals before the season comes to a close. Pressure patterns across the globe and an active jet stream favor storm chances ahead. If it didn't snow another flake this month, it'd still be the 7th snowiest February in Boston's history. February 1969 is #1 with 41.3"... we're at 32.0" now.
The first storm that rolls through tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night is an easy one to deal with. In fact, we're on the milder side of it with showers moving in after 3-4PM, with the steadiest rain from 6-10PM. A 1/4-1/2" of rain fall, allowing for some big puddles, and minor flooding in poor/clogged drainage areas, but no widespread flooding is expected. The rain may mix in with some sleet/snow across far northern Worcester County and southwest NH, but even there, I don't expect much accumulation. What about Ski Country? It'll be mainly snow there with several inches across many resorts.
Colder and drier weather work in Wednesday through Friday before we'll track the next storm by Saturday. This one could be a snow maker. How much depends on track and development of the storm. Too early to say for now, and as a wise WHDH meteorologist said this morning (Thanks JR) "not need to fret" on that one yet. Plenty of time to watch it.