The Storm Pounces
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Your heart may have gone on (and on) to spring, but Mother Nature doesn't want to let go. Another nor'easter is bearing down on New England, and unlike the past few storms, this one wants to spend a little time to get to know us.
I imagine you're sick of winter, sick of me talking/bloggin about storms, sick of the cloudy days. We're still weaning ourselves from an unyieldingly mild, dry stretch that lasted (roughly) from late 2011 to the first of 2013. That's a long time to soak in the rays, get used to the peace and quiet, and let your guard down. But now we're in an entirely different place: storms, heavy precipiation, lots of wind. Sun is at a premium and we can't buy a break.
So let's face the music. What you get depends on where you are. I've moved the snow amounts closer to the city as the temps dip a little closer to freezing Thursday night and early Friday.
Sweet spot is around Worcester and south into Rhode Island/Northeast Connecticut. Most of this will fall late Thursday, Thursday night and Friday morning.
You don't wanna clean it up? Take a gander at the 7 day. Mother Nature's mild side is showing this weekend and early next week. Nice stuff.
Now, back to the storm. The ongoing issue of beach erosion and coastal flooding looms larger than any snowfall amounts. Strong, persistent northeast winds will pile water up along the coast, threatening moderate to major flooding of roads, homes, parking lots and washing (plowable) debris onto shore roads. Greatest threat is Scituate, Hull, Sandwich and Newburyport/Plum Island. Three tide cycles will be affected: tom. AM, tom. evening, Friday morning. Friday morning's tide seems to be the worst. Follow the threat here.
- Pacing is light throughout the event. Occasional rain/snow showers throughout tomorrow. In those places that have 3-6 and 6-10, it will start sticking tomorrow afternoon. Elsewhere, even though we may snow, don't expect much, and roads remain wet.
- Steadier accumulation/snow thorughout Thursday night and into Friday morning. That's where we get the lion's share of the accumulation.
- Snow tapers to flurries by late AM Friday.
- Wind is a constant threat. Gusts will top 40-50 along the coast throughout tonight/tom/Friday AM
Ray of hope for the weekend. I'm pitching 50 degree temps by Sunday (with plenty of blue). Who's buying?
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