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Still no major snow in sight

Posted by David Epstein  February 2, 2013 07:35 AM

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Yesterday, I was thinking maybe we see up to 2 inches of snow Sunday from a weak storm passing to our south. This morning, it looks even less likely Boston is going to get even an inch of snow. While it will be warm and festive in New Orleans tomorrow, our weather will be cold, cloudy with flurries or snow showers. Before we get to the snow today will be typically cold for early February. Temperatures this afternoon will be on the chilly side, remaining in the upper 20s and lower 30s for much of the day. You will notice clouds on the increase and by sunset the sky may look like it is going to snow and a few flakes may break out overnight. I'll be updating my latest thinking on the snow for Sunday on Twitter at @growingwisdom

Tonight and Sunday I will be watching a small and fast moving low pressure system, or storm, move towards southern New England. This is going to be a weak weather maker and any snow we do get will not amount to a whole lot. Right now I am thinking something on the order of no snow over northern and western areas of New England and up to 2 or 3 inches on the outer and south portions of the Cape Cod and the Islands. Boston you get a light dusting up to an inch.

The snow will fall in two small pieces. First, this weak storm will provide a bit of light snow overnight as it heads out sea. Then Sunday, as the storm gets stronger it will add some additional accumulating snow mostly for Dukes, Barnstable and Nantucket counties. Snow showers may be in the air around Boston, but I am not expecting much if any accumulation there.

By kickoff Sunday there will most likely still be light snow or flurries in the air. I expect the snow continue that way for much of the evening. There could be a few slippery spots in areas that see accumulations over a dusting. It actually seems a bit ridiculous blogging to this level of specificity about something that should be a non-event in most winters. However, this winter with so little snow even flurries get covered.
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As the storm leaves Sunday night more cold air follows and much of next week looks typically chilly for early February. The sun is getting stronger each day and today is the first day since last fall that we have over 10 hours of daylight. At noon today the sun was 30% higher in the sky than it was at Christmas. While winter isn't over, the increased light reminds us that spring is rapidly approaching.

Speaking of winter being over we are getting closer and close to the time that getting a big snowstorm just will become very unlikely. While February and March are typically months that feature quite a bit of snow we are just not in a snowy pattern. This winter is certainly colder than last year but thus far the big snows have not materialized in southern New England. In Boston we have had one inch more snow than last year at this time. We are starting to look more and more like a very low snow year again for the second year in a row. This is not unlike the two winters from 1953 to 1955 or 1979 to 1981. Each of those two year periods saw back to back very low snowfall amounts for the winter. Additionally, there are global similarities between weather patterns in the early 50s and now. While I am not writing the entire winter off just yet, if we don't get storm soon, we may be able to call it done before it's officially over.

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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