Snowy afternoon slows travel

While we do have two storms on the way for Wednesday and again over the weekend, today’s snow is causing slower travel as a general light snow affects the region. This is going to be a slow commute home as the snow comes to an end.

After a spring-like weekend with Boston hitting a record tying 55F yesterday, this week is going to be anything but spring-like.

In some respects this first full week of February is going to be a repeat of last year’s stormy February. While we are not looking at a record breaking blizzard this week, we are going to see three weather systems, each of which will bring various amounts of snow and certain impacts to the area. You may already feel a bit beaten up by the prolonged cold and above average snowfall. This week will deliver a couple of strong punches to our collective psyche. On the other side of the coin, plow operators and skiers are dancing the happy jig.

For this afternoon the snow will be steady and will taper off during the afternoon commute. If you are headed to New York City expect delays and cancellations as they have seen over 6 inches of snow as of early this afternoon. The steadies and heavies snow is along and south of the Massachusetts Turnpike and will remain in place the next few hours.

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Parts of Cape Cod have seen 3 inches of snow and will pick up another inch or two. Some spots could hit half a foot of snow, will less on the roads as temperatures are just around freezing.


Storm number 2
Tomorrow is “lull day” between systems. There will be plenty of sunshine and temperatures will reach the mid-30s for some melting. Late tomorrow night snow breaks out again and by Wednesday morning it looks like an inch to 3 inches on the ground. This will all lead to cancellations and delays for Wednesday as well as a horrible commute.

The snow continues all day, with the rain/mix line moving northward. Amounts of snow will generally be on the order of 5 to 10 inches with the least amount south of Boston and the greatest snowfall north and west of the city. I’ll have many more details later today on this storm and what to expect.

Storm number 3
It turns cold and dry for Thursday and Friday with another storm for late Saturday and Sunday. This storm has the potential to be the largest of the three, but like so many nor’easters we see, the rain/snow line is going to be critical to forecasting amounts of snow.

With a stormy forecast this week, I recommend listening to latest forecasts often and keep in mind your plans are going to need to be flexible. Anytime we get into an active weather pattern, there are lots of rumors about the forecast, so listen with a grain of salt and follow me on Twitter and here for the latest updates this week.


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