A Stormy Blog
Posted by Jeremy Reiner
The storm is here--sort of. For some of you, it's snow & wind while for others it's just cloudy skies with a few flurries. Plan on a messy day for much of southern New England---especially across southeast New England. We have made some changes to the snowfall forecast since last night....for the area between I-95 and Rt 24 across Bristol county---our special map reflects those changes (higher totals). Here's the latest thinking regarding the storm:
*Snow is steadiest along & east of I-95 and as you approach the coastline, raindrops will take over at the coast later this morning for a few hours.
*Patchy snow is expected west of I-95 this morning but it will become steadier by afternoon & this evening.
*Plan on widespread-steady snow for just about everyone tonight---this is when we get most of our accumulating snows.
*Some of that snow is going to be the heavy-wet variety and that combined with wind may lead to power disruption--especially across southeast MA. Even along the coast & out onto the Cape--scattered power loss is likely due to wind gusts between 40-50mph for several hours today through tomorrow.
*Coastal flooding is a concern for the high tides this morning (~7am), this evening (~7pm) and especially tomorrow morning (~8am). The Friday morning high tide will be the most problematic of the three. Minor coastal flooding (some shore roads closed) is likely for all 3 high tides in metro Boston & points north with moderate to major coastal flooding (shore roads & basements flooded with minor structural damage likely) on the south shore out onto Cape Cod (bay side). Beach erosion will be incredible with this event---our beaches have been hammered the past 5-6 weeks.
*Storm is a slow mover so look for morning snow & wind tomorrow that will slowly taper to clouds by early Friday afternoon.
*Sunny & warmer weather does return just in time for the weekend.
More through the day.