Pete Bouchard

The Storm Pounces

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Your heart may have gone on (and on) to spring, but Mother Nature doesn't want to let go. Another nor'easter is bearing down on New England, and unlike the past few storms, this one wants to spend a little time to get to know us.

I imagine you're sick of winter, sick of me talking/bloggin about storms, sick of the cloudy days. We're still weaning ourselves from an unyieldingly mild, dry stretch that lasted (roughly) from late 2011 to the first of 2013. That's a long time to soak in the rays, get used to the peace and quiet, and let your guard down. But now we're in an entirely different place: storms, heavy precipiation, lots of wind. Sun is at a premium and we can't buy a break.

So let's face the music. What you get depends on where you are. I've moved the snow amounts closer to the city as the temps dip a little closer to freezing Thursday night and early Friday.

Sweet spot is around Worcester and south into Rhode Island/Northeast Connecticut. Most of this will fall late Thursday, Thursday night and Friday morning. 

You don't wanna clean it up? Take a gander at the 7 day. Mother Nature's mild side is showing this weekend and early next week. Nice stuff.

Now, back to the storm. The ongoing issue of beach erosion and coastal flooding looms larger than any snowfall amounts. Strong, persistent northeast winds will pile water up along the coast, threatening moderate to major flooding of roads, homes, parking lots and washing (plowable) debris onto shore roads. Greatest threat is Scituate, Hull, Sandwich and Newburyport/Plum Island. Three tide cycles will be affected: tom. AM, tom. evening, Friday morning. Friday morning's tide seems to be the worst. Follow the threat here.

Timeline:

  • Pacing is light throughout the event. Occasional rain/snow showers throughout tomorrow. In those places that have 3-6 and 6-10, it will start sticking tomorrow afternoon. Elsewhere, even though we may snow, don't expect much, and roads remain wet.
  • Steadier accumulation/snow thorughout Thursday night and into Friday morning. That's where we get the lion's share of the accumulation.
  • Snow tapers to flurries by late AM Friday.
  • Wind is a constant threat. Gusts will top 40-50 along the coast throughout tonight/tom/Friday AM

Ray of hope for the weekend. I'm pitching 50 degree temps by Sunday (with plenty of blue). Who's buying?

Updates throughout the storm. Stay with 7News.

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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