Chris Lambert

Snow & Wind Take Over

Posted by Chris Lambert

We're just a week remove from the historic Blizzard that dumped over 2 feet of snow across the area, with hurricane force wind gusts at the coast.  Now, we'll deal with more snow and wind moving in.  This go-around, the wind won't be as strong, the snow amounts not nearly as prolific, but a headache nonetheless.

Snow overspreads the area tonight.  First, light snow and flurries are scattered about through the evening, and as temps dip below freezing (let's say around 9PM and after), slippery spots develop on the roads.  Snow becomes steadier after midnight, and heavy at times along the coastline and across SE Mass by 4-5AM.  From that time, through 11AM, snow piles up quickly across coastal Mass, especially the South Shore, Cape and Islands.  Winds start picking up too, gusting out of the north to northwest at 40-50mph by daybreak Sunday.  During the day Sunday, wind gusts exceed 55mph on the Cape, prompting the high wind warning that's in place. 

Despite this not being a repeat of last weekend, there will be several hours that this storm packs a punch in terms of falling snow and wind.  Moderate to heavy snow, combined with an active wind does reduce visibility through late morning Sunday, creating tricky travel.  As ugly as it'll look in the morning, much of the snow is done by noon, with the exception of the Cape and Islands, and perhaps some lingering light snow at the coast.

So how much?  Right now, it looks like many towns in the 128-495 belt pick up 3-5" of fluff.  In Boston, I'm leaning more toward 5 or 6" at this point, with to 7-9" across Plymouth County, the Cape and Islands,locally higher there wouldn't surprise me.  Take a look at the "special map" section of the website for further details.

Tides are astronomically much lower this weekend and the strongest winds have an offshore component to them, so we're not expecting major issues with coastal flooding this time. 

Chris Lambert

50/50 Weekend

Posted by Chris Lambert

We're off to an iffy start to the weekend as nuisance rain and wet snow moves across the area.  While it's not a well organized area of low pressure, it develops right near us midday, and that'll be enough for a tricky forecast.  Light to moderate  rain/snow is on and off early this morning with a heavier burst of precipitation possible late morning, through mid afternoon in eastern MA (11:00AM-3:00PM).

Posted 01/18/14, 6:54am
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Pete Bouchard

Final Days

Posted by Pete Bouchard

That's the way to get it done! Fine finish to the workweek as sun dominated and winds behaved.

I submit that is the one - and perhaps only - reason these days have felt springlike in this extended thaw. If the winds were gusty on a day like today, the sun (albeit a little stronger these days) is really no help.

Posted 01/17/14, 5:06pm
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Jeremy Reiner

Great Mid-Winter Weather

Posted by Jeremy Reiner

Nice mid-winter weather? Here's how I envision it:


*Mild temps (40 or higher)

*Little to no wind

That last bullet point (IMO) is probably the biggest when outside this time of year. After our morning fog lifts out of here all three of those criteria will be met this afternoon's Friday. #Winning.

Posted 01/17/14, 7:04am
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Pete Bouchard

Colder Temperatures Cometh

Posted by Pete Bouchard

As far as blah days go, this was the blahest.

Fog blanketed the area as winds remained light and variable. We're still looking at some fog, but the thickest part of it should only be during the first half of the night. After that, gentle winds should "mix out" some of the heavily fogged in areas.

Posted 01/16/14, 5:24pm
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