Depending on where you are in Massachusetts this afternoon will bring various different types of weather. Across the far west, cloudy skies and a few flurries are possible. As you move east into Worcester County, snow will fall and across the northern and western suburbs of Boston, the snow will come down heavy for a few hours.
As of 2 PM the rain has changed to snow in the Back Bay of Boston and has accumulated enough to turn the landscape white. Slushy accumulation of under 2 inches will be the result in Boston, but more just west of the city. The highest totals will be in western Essex county where a Winter Storm Warning is in place through the first part of the evening.
The reason for the snow and rain is a quick hitting storm moving rapidly north and east in the jet stream. Temperatures are just cold enough for the snow and the rain/snow line is further east than I expected yesterday. The models we use did a horrible job with the temperatures at ground level. The difference of a few degrees is why is snowing not raining as forecast earlier.
I am now forecasting 2-5 inches of snow west and north of Boston with some 6 inch totals possible in some of the higher elevations and into southern New Hampshire and Maine. Even Boston will have some slushy accumulation up to 2 inches. Obviously, this is very tight situation with temperatures. There is already 1 to 3 inches of snow just around the immediate suburbs.
Sunday could see a chance of a few snow showers along with a lot of clouds. MLK day is going to be sunny and the last day we see above freezing temperatures for a while. Highs on Monday reach the mid-30s, but won’t get out of the 20s the rest of the week.
Arctic air is poised to make a big comeback next week and there is even the chance of some snow later in the week. We had a nice break from the snowy and cold winter this past week, but the break is now over and winter is coming returning strong.
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