Our first snowstorm of the season continues this evening and for many areas just away from the water this is quite a start to winter.
2 to nearly 6 inches of snow is currently on the ground in many places just away from the coast. It looks like the area from the southern Worcester hills through metro-west and down to the interior areas of the south shore will end up with the most snow. I expect the snow to start winding down around midnight. The good news about the cold is that the snow in many areas is not as wet so power outages are not as bad as they could have been if the temperatures were in the mid 30s.
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This nor'easter has turned out much colder than was forecast. This is partly because the winds with the storm have been more out of the north than the east so we are not experiencing as much warming from the ocean as expected. Also the storm stayed further south which also kept the cold air locked in place and allowed it to move back into the Boston. This is why in Boston the rain changed to snow as the winds are now basically due north. I am not expecting more than an inch or two in the city but we have reports of 3-6 inches of snow in many locations away from the coastline. There will be an isolated 8" amount or tow in places. This is in many ways a bigger storm than we saw all of last winter for some of you.
The peak of the storm is here or close. I expect as we move through much of the rest of the night that the snow and rain will begin to taper off and that winds will be less severe after midnight. This doesn't mean the storm is over, it's just that we will be on the downward side of intensity after that time.
Thursday will start with some leftover snow and rain. I expect any of the snow to have turn to rain as temperatures warm. Since many areas ended up with 2-6" of snow, it will take a couple of days to melt.
As winds have turned more northerly the threat of coastal flooding is diminishing. There can still be some minor issue tomorrow morning, but any significant damage isn't going to happen.
After the storm departs the weather patter may turn quite mild next weekend. The long range models have a nice southwest wind transporting very warm air for the time of year into the region. If the models end up correct we could see 60s again late next weekend.
Gardening this week
A cold few nights ahead and houseplants should be all inside. I have nearly all of my plants put away for the winter. Perhaps you had yours outside and moved them in recently. Did you prepare them properly? There are still several things you can do to keep them healthy. In this video I show you what I do to get my plants ready for winter.
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