Winter's Grip Unrelenting
Posted by Chris Lambert
Folks, I'll be honest with you.... I love a good snowstorm or two during the winter, but by March, I'm one of warm weather's biggest fans. Even I'm waving the white flag at this point! Enough is enough, and although I "only" see one more storm this upcoming week, the colder than average pattern looks to hold through the rest of the month.
Let's get to the St. Paddy's Day forecast first. It'll be cold and breezy, highs in the mid 30s with wind chills down in the mid 20s. At least we have the sunshine! The core of the cold settles in overnight Sunday, with many of the suburbs dropping off into the mid teens and even some upper single digits possible in places like Pepperell and Orange. That cold air set's the stage for Monday night and Tuesday's mess as it's slow to leave.
-Starts well after the evening commute Monday... for most, it'll start near midnight.
-Initial burst of precip is mostly snow, even at the coast, and possibly the Cape too from midnight-3AM.
-Snow turns to rain quickly at the coast, well before the Tue AM commute
-Between 128 and 495, some mixing is likely by the AM commute, but a slow and slushy ride is expected.
-Northwest of 495, the cold holds and it's mainly snow, from Worcester, points north. At least 6" of snow is likely there.
-Onshore winds are strong Tuesday morning, but not nearly as prolonged as last storm
-High tides also astronomically low... coastal flooding won't be nearly as extensive as last storm. Minor erosion/splashover still possible.