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Most of snow over, spotty precipitation overnight

Posted by David Epstein  January 28, 2013 07:00 PM

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Most of the accumulating snow is now over and the rest of the night will feature periods of light snow, sleet or freezing drizzle. Untreated surfaces will remain slippery and drivers should be careful on secondary roads. winter weather advisory today.png There will be some minor icing after the snow leaving a crusty coating. Freezing rain is the great equalizer when it comes to driving. You can have the biggest and best four-wheel drive machine in the world, but it’s not going to do you any good on ice. If roads become icy then they lose friction and that is what keeps you from sliding around.I'll be updating the situation on Twitter at @growingwisdom feel free to comment or post a question there.

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Overview
The core of our weather event will began early this afternoon is over. The warm air to our south will not move very far to the north until tomorrow evening. Preceding that warm air was our burst of snow. Most places saw a dusting to 1 inch of snow. Even the Cape got covered in white. This was certainly not a big storm, but the timing did affect the commute home.

Amounts
This was a small event with not much accumulation.
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Overnight

Tonight the main area of precipitation will depart and we will have some scattered sleet and freezing rain the rest of the night. Temperatures Tuesday look to stay at or below freezing much of the day. This means that untreated surfaces will be slick, but the roads should be fine.
Eventually, as the milder air streams northward temperatures will continue to rise and reach near 40F by late Tuesday night along the immediate coast and south of the Massachusetts turnpike. Northern areas will reach the middle and upper 30s overnight.

Taste of spring
Wednesday will be a springlike day when the highs will get into the 50s! If we get just a few hours of sunshine some of us could see a 60F degree reading before the end of the day. Back in 1914 Boston has a high of 63F and while I expect that record to stand it gives you an idea of how warm we can get. Rain showers and some heavier downpours will cross the area at night as a cold front approaches. Thursday the showers will end as colder air filters into the area. While the 50s will be gone, our highs Thursday will still run above normal in the 40s.
Back to reality
Colder and dry weather returns for the end of the week. There is the chance for some snow flurries Sunday, but right now the biggest impact they will have is that it will pull down more cold air to start next week.
Gardening
This week I am putting up a video on how to build the perfect container. While you might not be thinking of gardening this week, you can plant pansies in 8 weeks and if you have protective covering some vegetables can be planted in another 5 weeks. More on how I do that in upcoming blogs.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this blog or any others. Please follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at GrowingWisdom.com

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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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