Pete Bouchard

Rain Up Front, Snow In Back Seat

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Massive storm is spinning up through the Midwest tonight. It will slingshot an area of rain up the Eastern Seaboard, aimed directly at New England.

While the cold pockets of air are still holding through Metrowest and The Merrimack Valley, a powerful east wind will pop those towns and cities into the 40s come tomorrow. The only strongholds of cold are the higher elevations of Worcester county. It's there where the east wind meets upsloped terrain and we get most of our accumulation:

We're not coming away unscathed in Greater Boston, however. The rain will hammer us throughout the day, finally tapering from 5-6pm in the afternoon. By the time the puddles drain, MOST spots will have 1-1.5 inches of rain. Keep in mind too that while the NEW snow (indicated by that light blue shading above) will melt, the old snow (and the 2-4 and higher over Worcester county) will only slump and ABSORB the rain. This isn't a panacea for eliminating snowpack folks.

Well, one thing's for sure. For the 1st time in 4 weeks, we get a weekend without a storm. That means sun will rule, but the temperatures won't soar. We'll keep it "even Steven" with highs near 40.

Take it slow in the rain (and early snow) tomorrow morning.

Pete

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:

*Sunshine

*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 AND.....it'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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