Next Thursday looks partly sunny with highs 40 to 45, I had to start with something to look forward to as there is another storm headed for New England. Before I explore the details of the Saturday storm, let’s get into the forecast today.
I am expecting skies to clear and sunshine to returns to the area on a gusty wind from the northwest. Temperatures will rise above freezing reaching the mid-30s for some minor melting of the snowpack. There are wind advisories in effect for most of the region with a stronger warning for the wind over Cape Cod. The winds could cause scattered power outages today.
A piece of energy now over the center of the Country will move eastward to the coast and then develop into a major storm. This storm will come close enough to bring accumulating snow to eastern New England later Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.
The storm is going to turn into a big intense one in the ocean and any wobble further west towards the coastline is going to up the total snowfall into the 8 to 10 inch range. I need to wait until all the new data is in this morning and later this afternoon before deciding if any changes to the accumulation maps need to be made.
Right now Boston will likely see close to 6 inches of snow, but as I just mentioned, that number could increase. Of course, if the data shows the storm staying offshore further, then I will be able to lower snow amounts a bit.
The snow will begin after 2PM and last through about midnight Saturday. The snow will be heaviest during the 5PM to 9PM period based on the current projections for the track and intensity of the storm.
I’ll be updating the forecast here and on Twitter @growingwisdom.
A lot of times I get questions about whether to cancel or not attend an event due to a storm. Tomorrow night will be snowy, especially in eastern areas. If you absolutely hate driving in snow, then think about postponing whatever plans you may have for tomorrow. However, we live in a part of the country where highway crews do a good job keeping up with most storms. This isn’t going to be the kind of storm which makes roads impassable or creates a situation such as those we have seen in the southeastern part of the United States this winter.
Some flights could be impacted late Saturday afternoon and overnight, but the storm isn’t as widespread as the last one which hit all major cities from Atlanta to Boston.
The most precipitation will fall over Cape Cod and Islands. The snow will be a bit heavy, especially to start there storm. There could even be some rain mixed with the snow for a couple of hours. As the evening progresses the snow will become heavier and winds will blow and drift the snow.
The whole system pulls away for Sunday with a return to sunshine, blustery and cold conditions. The dry cold weather lasts through President’s Day, (Lincoln was born on the 12th and Washington on the 22nd of the month so we celebrate in the middle) with highs staying in the 20s for both days.
Finally, on Tuesday, we begin a stretch of above freezing weather which should last throughout the rest of next week. There may be some rain or snow leading us into the milder weather on Tuesday, but I do expect plenty of sunshine by Thursday.