Pete Bouchard

Stepping Into Winter

Posted by Pete Bouchard

First batch of accumulating snow (for some), first blast of (real) cold, and just like that, it's winter in New England.

What stands out the most on that graphic above? Yeah, the dose of snow on the Cape. Cold air burrowed into the precipitation as it slowly marched through Massachusetts. Eventually, it worked out to the Cape and Islands well before the precipitation shut down or moved offshore. With snow falling moderately at times during the early afternoon, it's no surprise that Marstons Mills was the "jackpot" with almost an inch and a half.

We're slowly clearing things out tonight, but just after sunset, the sun illuminated the cloud bellies as it dipped below the horizon:

Thanks to @SLeiboh for that stunning picture.

Cold air is drying out the roads tonight, so by morning the only slippery spots should be sidewalks, parking lots and refreeze on cars left outside. The second part of tomorrow's forecast is the cold. Although air temperatures will be in the upper 30s, wind chills will make it feel like only around 30 during the warmest part of the afternoon! Dress for the freezing mark and leave the high temperatures for the nightly weather report.

How about a warmup? It's as close as Thursday. With a simple change in wind direction, we'll go from 30s to 50s. No warm front, no clouds or showers...pretty easy peasy. Clouds may come into the picture by the weekend, but we'll stay above normal for a while.

Be well.

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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