Posted by Pete Bouchard
If the fact that the last storm was predominately rain didn't tell you winter's on its last leg, then the next storm might. We'll have just enough time to catch our breath before the next storm fills our catch basins with water.
First off, the melting.
More in store tomorrow as the temperatures rise into the upper 30s to low 40s. I'm not crazy about a lot of blue sky, because mid level clouds will still be around. Then, later in the day, the clouds will arrive from the next storm system.
Which is still stewing across the Deep South. The main part of this storm will move up the Eastern Seaboard and arrive very late Tuesday night - or the wee hours of Wednesday morning. It'll start as rain (with some random wet snowflakes that melt on contact) around Greater Boston, and some wet snow Metrowest that may put down a coating.
We'll have our greatest chance for accumulation across Worcester county as the cold holds on long enough for a general 1-3 in the low elevations or 3-4 in higher elevations near 1000 ft. But even here, mild air will snuff out the snow and bring in the rain by mid/late AM.
The bottom line: we can't deny the strong ENE and ESE wind. It will have a 'fetch' of mild air that will extend hundreds of miles off Cape Cod. This will peel back what little cold air exists across Southern New England. For all snow, you have to go north of Keene and Concord, NH. (And yes, the mountains of Northern New England will do quite well in this storm.)
That said, clean out those storm drains and prepare for a serious dose of rain. Some places could come out with 1" of water by the time the storm tapers to drizzle and sprinkles by Wednesday evening.
The storm will linger in the upper atmosphere for a day or so before we sneak the sun back here on Friday.
After this stormy spell, I'm putting this in boldface: the pattern will slow down into the weekend and much of next week. Sunny, seasonable weather will be the mainstay.
And yes, I plan on catching up on some sleep.