Chris Lambert

Winter Holds On

Posted by Chris Lambert

March can certainly be a fickle month, and this week is no exception.   We're tracking a storm the will redevelop off the mid-Atlantic and track northeast.  This will be a long duration event for us with rain, heavy wet snow, and high winds.

Wednesday Day: Few rain and snow showers around, maybe a coating to an inch in the Worcester Hills, but not much sticks.  Temps near 40.  Winds increase out of the east-northeast to 20-35mph, strongest coast.  Gusts to 40mph at the coast by evening.

Wednesday Night: Rain and snow increase after midnight, so does the wind.  Gusting to 50mph at the coast by daybreak, especially across SE Mass.  Snow/rain line sets up close to Route 24 and a few miles west of the coast.   Wet snow clings to everything.

Thursday: Rain/Snow line sets up close to I-95.  Heavy wet snow west, cold rain and strong winds east.  Snow really piles up in northern RI and Southern Worcester County and east  to the 95/495 exchange.  Winds crank... gusting to 50mph at the coast, highest across SE Mass.  Minor coastal flooding possible near the 6:45AM high tide.  Likely pockets of moderate to major coastal flooding for the 7:30PM high tide.

Thursday Night:  Bouts of rain and snow continue, strong winds too.  Power outages possible inland with the heavy wet snow, power outages possible at the coast thanks to a persistent strong NE wind.

Friday: Rain and snow finally taper off by midday.  High tide concerns again for coastal flooding and beach erosion during the 7:45AM.

Snow totals: Without question the trickiest part of this storm.  My current thinking is a northeast wind presents mixing issues at times along and near the coast.  2-4" of heavy, wet snow in Boston.  Around 95/128, points west, 4-8" of heavy wet snow.  At least 8" of snow from Worcester to Hopkinton to Franklin with locally 12-14" in the higher terrain of northern RI and Worcester County.   See the "special map" section of the website for more.   If the wind is more north than east... these numbers could adjust east as well.  Still 36-60hours from most of the accumulating snow in a complicated storm.

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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