Good Wednesday morning. The storm ended before midnight and at 6.4 inches, Boston set a new record for the most amount of snow to fall on December 17th. That broke the long standing record of 3.8 inches set back in 1970. There are still many days in the record books when not a lot of snow fell in Boston, yesterday happened to be one of them, so we set a new record, with just over 6 inches. While the snowstorm wasn't a blockbuster, the timing caused an evening commute not seen since the other epic home bound rush back on December 13th 2007 when a similarly timed storm created gridlock on the roads for that home bound commute.
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Our storm is now leaving the area and will pull the clouds with it this morning, bright, sometimes blinding sunshine will ensue this afternoon. Temperatures will rise to about the freezing mark in Boston for a bit of melting on the roads.
White Christmas likely for most
Milder air will move into the area as we get to the weekend, but the boundary between the cold and mild air will remain close to the region and therefore a chance of showers with a lot of clouds will be in the forecast. Temperatures are going to be above freezing for many of us for 5 days before Christmas eve. This time of year, it's very difficult to melt a foot of snow in 5 days without a lot of rain. Right now, I only see a few showers in the forecast over the weekend. Logan airport, where Boston's records are kept, could officially have bare ground on Christmas morning, but it will be a close call.
The long range models have been advertizing a cold, but dry Christmas eve and Christmas Day and I am reasonable confident this will be the case. It also appear we won't be very cold for First Night as the arctic air needs to recharge itself after our very cold November/December combination.
Our first break of sub-freezing temperatures will begin in earnest tomorrow when much of the region breaks out of a week or more of mid-winter cold. Normally, we would have several days in the 40s during the first half of December and while this was the case the first week of the month, the last 10 days have averaged a whopping 7.5 degrees below normal. It would take a lot of warm days at this point for the area to not record temperatures below average for this December.
Today and Thursday feature a lot of sunshine and highs will reach 32F in Boston this afternoon. Thursday, Worcester should exceed 32F for the first time in a over a week, a cold stretch indeed. The weekend does look mild with highs in the 40s, but there will be a lot of clouds around the area and scattered showers.
Storm snowfall totals
Below is a list of snow totals from the storm. These totals come from trained spotters, the media and others. Your backyard might not have the exact same amount of snow, but it will be close.
Indoor flower project
If you are looking for something to do this weekend with the kids how about planting an amaryllis bulb? These bulbs also make great gifts. Here's a video telling you more about this great flowers.
A couple of arctic fronts will push through the region the next 30 hours keeping temperatures significantly below what we would expect before mid-December. This very cold air continuing to spill into the region, will play a role in our upcoming weather event this weekend. This cold air is coming straight from the arctic regions of the planet and will not only bring cold temperatures, but very dry air as well. You will need the humidifiers for sure. The record low for December 12th is 2F set back in 1988, interestingly, that's the last time a record low was set in December.
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A gentle light fluffy snow continues to fall late this afternoon mostly along and south of the Massachusetts Turnpike. The area will slowly move south and east while shrinking overnight. There can still be some snow through the evening commute over south shore communities and over Cape Cod. Generally 1 to 3 inches of snow will have fallen, some of it having melted as it hit the roads. To the north there was less than this with a dusting to 1 inch more common. The radar loop is from late this afternoon and shows the movement of the snow towards the east and northeast.
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Showers arrived this morning and while not very heavy, they will be with us on and off much of the day.
The first round of showers comes from a warm front in the morning while the second batch of showers results from a cold front. All the showers will be over during the evening commute, but roads may still be damp. Highs will stay in the 40s today.
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Showers of rain and snow are currently pushing south past Cape Cod and the rest of southern New England. An arctic cold front is moving eastward and off into the Atlantic. On the cold side of the front there were a few snow showers and some squalls. Any snow didn't long at all. You certainly didn't even need a snow brush this morning.
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You might have noticed your car was quite warm inside if you parked in the sun this weekend. The sun drives the weather and the sun is getting stronger this time of the year, really fast. Since the beginning on the month the sun has risen about 10 degrees higher at noon. To put that in context, the sun is now a full 25 degrees higher around lunch than it was back in December. If you donít remember your geometry, a sun directly overhead at noon would be at 90 degrees, today the sun will reach 50 degrees above the horizon. (Due to daylight saving time itís actually 1 PM). Besides the fact this is why it is getting warmer, itís also why any snow that falls during the day this time of year is almost impossible to stick.I'll be updating my weather forecast with any changes to the coastal storm on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.FULL ENTRY
Depending on exactly where you are this evening dictates just how much snow you are seeing. Some areas on the south shore are getting heavy snow, while other areas just a few miles away have lighter now. Most of the snow will be over by 2 AM, but there can be snow showers until sunrise. The final totals will be heaviest 30 miles or so side of Plymouth.I'll be updating my weather forecast on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.FULL ENTRY
Our storm is now moving into Maine after leaving up to a foot of snow across parts of southern New England. You can see the totals below as they were reported today for much of Southern New England. A few leftover snow showers will push through the are until about midnight. Some areas could see a dusting to an inch. As temperatures fall below freezing any slush will freeze and roads can become quite slippery. Tomorrow looks to be a very nice sunny day though it will be blustery. Temperatures will reach the lower 40s in the afternoon. There will be a storm to our east in the ocean Thursday and Friday and this could bring a few snow showers to the coast Thursday night.
Although the ocean storm will be quite large, it does look to stay far enough off the coast to keep us from getting another major storm. Of course we will have to keep watching the models tomorrow to see if things change, but as of now I am not concerned.
The weekend is looking nice and dry with temperatures in the mid-40s. That is still chilly for the end of March, but there will be some melting from the strong March sun. Right now the pattern is not looking to change to a mild one, and I am not convinced we are done with the snow. I'll be updating my weather forecast for the rest of this week on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.FULL ENTRY
Spring arrives tomorrow morning at 7:02 AM. Is that a collective groan I hear or two other colorful words? Our storm has left its mark on the area with up to 9 inches of snow on the ground. Logan Airport has officially seen just over 6 inches of snow. We find the area of snow moving north at the same time warmer air has changed the snow to sleet or rain south of the Massachusetts Turnpike. As milder air moves north areas further north can see some sleet mix with the snow. Temperatures are not above freezing in Boston so any mix of snow and rain will not accumulate.I'll be updating new details on the storm throughout the day on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.
Snow will continue to move north into New Hampshire and Maine the rest of the night. At times snow will come down at 1 to perhaps 2 inches per hour especially in the wee hours of the morning. Several inches of snow will be on the ground by 5 AM with a few more inches thereafter. A winter storm warning is now posted for much of New England with the south coast under a winter weather advisory. I'll be updating all the latest information about the storm here and on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.FULL ENTRY