Winter Holds On
Posted by Chris Lambert
March can certainly be a fickle month, and this week is no exception. We're tracking a storm the will redevelop off the mid-Atlantic and track northeast. This will be a long duration event for us with rain, heavy wet snow, and high winds.
Wednesday Day: Few rain and snow showers around, maybe a coating to an inch in the Worcester Hills, but not much sticks. Temps near 40. Winds increase out of the east-northeast to 20-35mph, strongest coast. Gusts to 40mph at the coast by evening.
Wednesday Night: Rain and snow increase after midnight, so does the wind. Gusting to 50mph at the coast by daybreak, especially across SE Mass. Snow/rain line sets up close to Route 24 and a few miles west of the coast. Wet snow clings to everything.
Thursday: Rain/Snow line sets up close to I-95. Heavy wet snow west, cold rain and strong winds east. Snow really piles up in northern RI and Southern Worcester County and east to the 95/495 exchange. Winds crank... gusting to 50mph at the coast, highest across SE Mass. Minor coastal flooding possible near the 6:45AM high tide. Likely pockets of moderate to major coastal flooding for the 7:30PM high tide.
Thursday Night: Bouts of rain and snow continue, strong winds too. Power outages possible inland with the heavy wet snow, power outages possible at the coast thanks to a persistent strong NE wind.
Friday: Rain and snow finally taper off by midday. High tide concerns again for coastal flooding and beach erosion during the 7:45AM.
Snow totals: Without question the trickiest part of this storm. My current thinking is a northeast wind presents mixing issues at times along and near the coast. 2-4" of heavy, wet snow in Boston. Around 95/128, points west, 4-8" of heavy wet snow. At least 8" of snow from Worcester to Hopkinton to Franklin with locally 12-14" in the higher terrain of northern RI and Worcester County. See the "special map" section of the website for more. If the wind is more north than east... these numbers could adjust east as well. Still 36-60hours from most of the accumulating snow in a complicated storm.