It's NOT the Blizzard, But...
Posted by Pete Bouchard
We're in a busy pattern. Storms are zipping by with out much introduction or fancy send-offs. In between, we seem to string together some windy, partly sunny days like today.
Then come the big ones.
And we start drawing comparisons between the record-setting blizzard earlier in the month (OK, two weekends ago). Well, Dan Quayle, I know the blizzard, and this is no blizzard.
But it is a big storm. And as such, it deserves an detailed look. (First off, let's not step over the next two days. Chilly weather, plenty of wind, and limited sun - brightest on Friday - now back to the storm.)
- Startup time is late afternoon Saturday. Winds will be increasing, but we're marginal with the cold. As a result, most along the coast will see mix/light rain. Light snow elsewhere. Roads will slowly get slick, but NOT impossible to travel.
- Later in the night - after 9-10pm- the pacing will pick up and the snow will start to take charge, snuffing out the rain all the way to the Cape Cod Canal.
- Heavy snow through early morning Sunday. Roads will be tough to travel, and yes, your flight will most likely be delayed or cancelled. (Although I don't run an airline, so I'll let them have the final word.)
- East/northeast winds will pile water up along the coast, so a moderate coastal flooding event is possible at high tide Sunday morning. We'll keep an eye on this variable.
- Storm slowly winds down through Sunday afternoon - give it until mid afternoon along the coast.
What can you expect? See the amounts below...but I reserve the right to fidget with that 8-12 and pull it into the city based on colder numbers in the days ahead.