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Small snowstorm here but big storm is on the sun.

Posted by David Epstein  January 20, 2012 10:30 PM

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Saturday looks snowy across Massachusetts with all areas snowing by 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. During the middle part of the day the snow will come down hard for a few hours and travel will be slowed. You will still be able to get around if you need to go out, but if you hate driving in the snow, just wait until later Saturday evening or Sunday. I want to stress, this not a big snowstorm.

Earlier Friday I mentioned the computer models were trending to predict less snow. I like to follow model trend and since this trend continues I am keeping amounts low.

The storm will be over between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. with Cape Cod the last to see the snow stop. The storm is moving very rapidly and therefore we are not looking for much in the way of accumulation. Across the State the greatest amounts will fall to the south of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Near the New Hampshire border I am looking at up to 1 inch of light fluffy snow as you move south toward Boston 1-3 inches is likely. Most spots across the Shore and Cape Cod could see from 2-4 inches with some 5 or 6 inch amounts showing up in places. snow predict 1_20 late.jpgThe snow will be very fluffy and it will settled quite a bit by Sunday. Wetter snow will fall over the southern areas of Cape Cod and the Islands.

On Sunday, warmer air starts to move back into the region. When you have warm air replacing cold air in winter it can often lead to some light freezing drizzle or rain. This will be the case late Sunday night and could impact the Monday morning commute.

Speaking of storms, there was just a major storm on the Sun when a solar flare erupted yesterday. Now that energy is heading towards Earth. These eruptions, can, if conditions are right, give us quite a show of the aurora borealis. If the aurora happens, our best shot to see them will be late Saturday night. We will also have to clear out clouds as well. Check out the flare as it happened. (see image below)

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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