The nor’easter will make Boston wet, western Mass. snowy

A pedestrian walks between rows of snow-covered trees on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Worcester, Mass. during a snowstorm on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (Paul Kapteyn/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)
A pedestrian walks between rows of snow-covered trees in Worcester on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. –Paul Kapteyn / Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP

When you hear the word “nor’easter,” you might think of snow, but in actuality, a nor’easter is just a type of storm that moves up the coastline and often brings strong winds and copious amounts of snow or rain.

On Thursday, a low pressure system will ride up the coastline from southern New England and eventually, on Friday, become a very strong storm in the Gulf of Maine. The track of this low pressure system means warmer air will flood into the coastal plain during the storm, preventing snow for much of the area.

The rain will begin on Thursday in the early afternoon and then wind down a few hours after midnight on Friday. In Boston, I don’t expect any snow. However, as you move west of Route 128 and even farther west past Route 495, you can anticipate at least a few hours of snow. The bulk of this will fall north of Route 2 and across interior New Hampshire and much of Maine. The ski areas of northern New England could see up to a foot or more of snow from this weather system.

Snow will fall well north and west of Boston Thursday night. —Dave Epstein
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As the storm intensifies, winds will increase. In areas where the snow is heavy and wet—most likely across northern Worcester and Franklin counties, where the air will be cold enough for the snow—these strong winds could create some power outages.

Friday will turn blustery and mainly sunny. Temperatures will be seasonable for the final days of December. On New Year’s Eve, I’m expecting cloudy skies with a bit of spotty rain or snow. This appears to be a very insignificant event and should not deter anyone from participating in festivities to ring in 2017.

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