Rain Up Front, Snow In Back Seat
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Massive storm is spinning up through the Midwest tonight. It will slingshot an area of rain up the Eastern Seaboard, aimed directly at New England.
While the cold pockets of air are still holding through Metrowest and The Merrimack Valley, a powerful east wind will pop those towns and cities into the 40s come tomorrow. The only strongholds of cold are the higher elevations of Worcester county. It's there where the east wind meets upsloped terrain and we get most of our accumulation:
We're not coming away unscathed in Greater Boston, however. The rain will hammer us throughout the day, finally tapering from 5-6pm in the afternoon. By the time the puddles drain, MOST spots will have 1-1.5 inches of rain. Keep in mind too that while the NEW snow (indicated by that light blue shading above) will melt, the old snow (and the 2-4 and higher over Worcester county) will only slump and ABSORB the rain. This isn't a panacea for eliminating snowpack folks.
Well, one thing's for sure. For the 1st time in 4 weeks, we get a weekend without a storm. That means sun will rule, but the temperatures won't soar. We'll keep it "even Steven" with highs near 40.
Take it slow in the rain (and early snow) tomorrow morning.