Jeremy Reiner

Impressive, Most Impressive

Posted by Jeremy Reiner

Last time Boston had an actual Blizzard was 2005 (Using old school requirements of sustained wind speed 35mph--not gusts). I think tonight it will be classified as a blizzard. Even if it doesn't, there will be several hours of blizzard-like conditions across southern New England late this evening right through midday Saturday.

You have a few hours this morning to get things done (bread, milk, snow blower gassed up!) or go for one last run on snow-free sidewalks but by midday light snow begins and becomes steadier & heavier during the afternoon. Travel will deteriorate throughout the afternoon and certainly into the evening hours. Most towns will have 2-4" on the ground by 7pm tonight.

From 7pm tonight through noon tomorrow will be the worst of the storm for many of us. Bands of heavy snow (thundersnow included) will pummel southern New England. At times, that snow will fall at the rate of 2-3" per hour!! We are still thinking 20-24" of snow for a lot of cities & towns. Wind will also be a major concern with coastal towns getting wind gusts between 55-65 mph (a gust or two of 70mph is likely on Cape Cod). Farther inland, wind gusts will be  on the order of 45-55mph. This wind will result in considerable blowing/drifting snow tonight and for much of tomorrow too. Very poor travel expected from 7pm tonight through midday tomorrow---travel not recommended late tonight & early tomorrow morning! That strong wind will also lead to power outages---scattered in metrowest and widespread on the south shore, cape, islands.

This wind poses another problem...coastal flooding. We are concerned with 2 high tide cycles (Blizzard of '78, there were 4 high tide cycles of concern) for coastal flooding, the 10pm tonight & 10am Saturday morning. In particular, Sandwich...Scituate..Revere..Provincetown are at the greatest risk for major coastal flooding.

As we step through the day Saturday, the storm slowly pulls away taking the wind & snow with it. The last flakes fall between 1-3pm in Worcester and not until 6-8pm in Plymouth-Chatham. That wind settles under 40mph around 4-5pm for everyone.

The sun returns to New England on Sunday.

More through the day.

~JR

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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