Bright blue skies, yes I see the sky as blue, will prevail today across the region as our cold morning temperatures rise well into the 20s this afternoon. This is still well below the average of around 40F.
Once the sun sets after 5:30 PM this evening, temperatures will tumble quickly and head back into the single numbers Sunday morning. While you may see a bit of sunshine to start the day (I see yellow), clouds will be on the increase and more snow is headed for the area.
As the clouds thicken and lower, the sky will take on what I think will be a grey hue. It will be snowing places like Pittsburg, Buffalo and Scranton tomorrow afternoon and this area will be moving eastward.
We do have more snow coming. So get ready to shovel more of the white stuff. You see white right? This is a quick hitting system lasting about 12 hours. Tomorrow evening you should plan on snowy roads, especially after 8PM and the Monday morning commute will be impacted, even if the snow is over.
The snow starts in the 4PM to 7PM timeframe west to east. Cape Ann and Cape Cod see the snow last, likely after dark.
There’s going to be a pocket of higher snow totals, mostly likely south of the Massachusetts Turnpike.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for this area as there is a possibility of greater than 6 inches of snow. This isn’t going to turn into a big storm and even in the warning area 6 to 8 inch amounts should be the higher end of the snow totals.
Over Cape Cod and the Islands some warm air will bring rain after a period of snow. I have lowered snow total projections significantly as you cross the Cape Cod Canal. However, some wet snow is likely to accumulate even there.
The snow ends between 4AM and 8AM Monday, then sunshine returns with temperatures above freezing the afternoon. Don’t forget to fill those windshield washer reservoirs with the blue stuff, you’ll need it.
Tuesday is dry and still cold, but another moisture laden weather system is going to bring a mixed bag of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain to the area Tuesday night and Wednesday. The evolution of this system is still in the questionable phase.
I’ll be updating the details of the forecast here and on Twitter @growingwisdom
Some areas will likely see some accumulating snow, ice and then rain. How much of each of these will fall and the timetable is one of the things I’ll be working on this weekend.
Enjoy the dry weather today and tomorrow morning, it looks like we aren’t going to an extended period of it the next 5 to 7 days.