And So It Begins...
Posted by Jeremy Reiner
Here comes another storm! Like all the others, this has issues with rain/snow lines and then amounts of snow. What is a given is this storm will batter the New England coastline with wind and waves. When we return to the beaches later this spring & summer, for many, a dramatic change to what they looked like last summer.
Today offers a smattering of rain & wet snow showers and a developing wind--especially along the coastline. Those raindrops & snowflakes aren't tied to the big storm, rather, just a bag of of moisture trying to steal the thunder from the storm. Umbrellas (that can withstand wind) will serve you well for much of the day. Tonight offers a few more rain & wet snow showers. I still don't see much accumulating snow overnight.
Tomorrow and into early Friday morning will be the brunt of the storm but I have to tell you---it won't behave like a classic winter storm where we get slammed with snow for 6-8 hours then we're done. it will be a slow, drawn out storm where it snows lightly (sometimes steadily) for several hours. Due to this, those snow totals you see on our special map will take some time to achieve. Also, because of the slowly falling nature of the snow combined with the month of March (sun is stronger than Dec-Jan snowstorms) our roads may just be mostly wet rather than white during the storm.Back streets, parking lots & driveways will still need to be scraped & plowed.
The biggest impact from this storm will be the aforementioned coastal concerns. We are watching 3 high tide cycles during this storm (perspective--during the blizzard last month, 2 high tides were affected and during the blizzard of '78 there were 4). The 6pm high tide on Thursday & the 8am high tide in particular where moderate to major coastal flooding is likely along the South Shore and Cape Cod (bay side). Areas that were greatly affected during the blizzard.
This storm will peel out of here by Friday afternoon & set us up for a delightful weekend. Sunny skies & temps in the 40s/50s both days.
More on the storm throughout the day.