We have several more weather events on the way in rapid succession across the area. Let’s get right to them.
Event number one was caused by some energy moving across Pennsylvania and into New York and New England. The storm gave parts of the interior south shore nearly 5 inches of snow. Highest amounts centered on the Taunton-Dighton-Mansfield area. (see map above)
Most of the rest of the Massachusetts saw 1-3 inches with just flakes on parts of the Cape.
Saturday, a second storm develops to our southwest and follows the jet stream which takes the storm under our south coast. This track will bring the storm out over the ocean and allow some ocean moisture to enhance the snowfall. Saturday’s storm, while not large, will likely produce the first plowable snowfall for many of you. If you have plans Friday night you will not any weather issues. If you have an event Saturday morning, I would venture a guess that some places will postpone them. This won’t be a big storm, but because we have not had much snow, there may be the usual panic. There is no need to shop for even one extra item for any of the weather events the next few days.
Accumulations for Saturday look to be in the 2-7 inch range with the highest amounts south of the Mass Pike. North of route 2 I expect 2-4 inches and even less into New Hampshire and Maine. The Cape and Islands will see a wetter snow but likely some of the highest amounts. Most of the snow will fall from about 3 a.m. Saturday until 3 p.m. Saturday across the area. Remember, those times are for the entire area. So those of you further south will start around the 3 a.m. time but end as early as noon. Folks further to the east will see snow starting a bit later and ending later. If you have plans for Saturday night, I would not cancel them. Roads will be cleared and treated by that time.
Event number three comes at us from the south later Sunday and blends in to event four Monday. This will be caused by warmer air moving in at high levels. Think of it this way, if you had a big ladder and went up to about 10,000 ft Sunday, it very well may be warmer up there then it will down here. That warm air could cause some sleet or freezing rain in spots away from the coast. Since it takes a very small amount of that type of precipitation to create driving issues, we will have to monitor that closely. The most likely spots to experience icing would be west and north of 495. This will not be anything more than a few hours of icing if it happens.
Our final and forth, in this series of events, comes Monday. By Monday the warm air will have beat out the cold air and I am looking for several hours of mild rain. That mild air will stick with us for much of next week, so if you want to take advantage of the snow. The best time will be Saturday at the end of the day and much of Sunday.
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