Shaking the Storm
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Maybe it's because I've been buried in the weather maps, but it seems like we haven't seen the sun in ages. (In reality it's been just a day...it was out yesterday.)
This stormy pattern kinda gives you that sense of ever-present clouds AND foreboding. While the pattern may have shifted away from weekend storms, it's still active and fidgety.
Watching the last bands of heavy rain push north of the Commonwealth this afternoon. Oddly, the stronger precipitation was able to bring down the colder air and switch us over to mix or snow from Fitchburg to Lawrence and across the border from Merrimack to Portsmouth, NH. I'm not worked up about accumulations as the storm is in its death throws, but there might be a few areas of refreeze tonight in those areas. Elsewhere, fog, drizzle and lighter winds will rule the night.
Our attention then focuses on the backside of the storm tomorrow. Much ado about nothing for a good part of the day, but late in the evening - and the music's seeping through (sorry, some Paul Simon jumped into my head) - as the cold air returns on a northwest wind, we could mix in some wet snow. Accumulations will be slight, spotty and unworthy of an accumulation map, but watch for some slick spots after dark and into the night.
Sun's back on Friday and througout the weekend. Temperatures will be right near 40 each afternoon, and we can let our hair down (OK, some of us) for a few days.
But we're not out of the woods. Big, burly storm will drift off the Mid Atlantic coast - prompting mass panic in the media no doubt - before it decides whether to come into New England. Still a lot to work out, but accumulations would be major, not minor. Timeframe is Thu-Fri - prone to change. What's to fear? Well, the storm mostly misses us now. If you've read my blogs before, you know my rule: if the storm seems to miss us in the long range, it's one to watch. If they show it hitting us 7 days out, chances are it won't.
Call it counterintuitive meteorology.