The nor’easter which brought some very heavy snow for several hours this afternoon is now pulling away from the area leaving in its wake wind and mild air. For most of the region the accumulating snow is over. Amounts varied from a coating along Cape Cod to nearly a foot around Lowell where 10 inches was officially reported. Another band of snow left 7 to 9 inches of snow from Hopkinton to Framingham east to Natick and then south to Franklin.
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This evening and overnight there will be some light rain or mixed rain and sleet falling across the area. I am not expecting heavy amounts of rain, but enough to weigh down the snow and create some big puddles in areas where the storm drains are clogged with snow. I recommend shoveling as much as you physically can this evening as the snow will only gain weight overnight.
Winds will be strongest before midnight and then pick up again tomorrow. Some scattered power outages could result due to the strong wind.
I am not concerned about widespread freezing or road condition to deteriorate. Because the temperatures are so close to freezing all night any melting product that is put on the roads will work exceedingly well and keep nothing more than slush on the pavement.
There could be some sleet or snow tomorrow morning just before the full commute is underway between 5AM and 7AM. After this time I expect skies to clear and plenty of sunshine along with temperatures in the 30s.
A chilly night Friday night will be dry as temperatures fall into the 20s. This will set the stage for another round of snow Saturday. There will be a big ocean storm passing to our east Saturday afternoon and evening. The storm looks to be far enough away so the heaviest precipitation will remain over the ocean. However, we could see enough snow on the western side of the storm to give a coating up to 3 inches of snow depending on how close to the area the storm comes.
I want to get a look at the trend of the computer models tonight and Friday to determine if I lean for a coating or a few inches. If the storm comes closer, some areas could see 3 to 6 inches of snow. This is still a fluid forecast so check back again tomorrow.
On Sunday, behind the storm, colder air works into the region. Highs will only be in the 20s with brilliant sunshine and some wind. Next week finally turns milder with highs moving through the 30 and into the 40s by Thursday. Along the way to the milder air I do expect some light rain or snow, but present indications are for no significant storms next week. The good news is the sun is now as strong as it is in late October and will melt some of the snowpack each passing day. I have 20 inches on the level as of 4PM and that isn’t going anywhere right away.