Powerful Storm to Clip SE New England

Thank you to everyone who prayed, cried, and sent positive thoughts to keep this storm largely out to sea.  Although some impacts will still be felt (especially on the Cape) the region by and large dodged a bullet.  A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Bristol and Plymouth Counties while a Blizzard Watch is in effect for the Cape and Islands.  Other headlines include a High Wind Watch is also in effect for the Cape and Islands for wind gusts in excess of 60 MPH.  A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect for the North facing beaches on the Cape and Nantucket.
NWS Headlines 03/25/14
Its another cold start this morning.  Most of Southern New England is waking up to temperatures in the teens
4 am 2 m temps (image Weatherbell)
High pressure is in charge along the east coast, but this will retreat into the Atlantic Ocean during the day Tuesday.  You can see the two pieces of our storm on the chart already.  One low is diving through the Great Lakes while the other is organizing off the SE US coast
WPC Surface Analysis 2 am 
Here is the IR-rainbow satellite loop
GOES_Composite IR_rainbow satellite loop 445 am
Clouds will increase as the storm organizes and pulls north.  Expect temperatures in the Mid 30's today.  Winds will start from the SW but by this evening they will flip to the SE.

Temps drop into the mid to upper 20's.  Snow moves in after midnight.  Winds increase and flip to the NE.  Gust as high as 40 on outer cape, 20-30 further inland

Snow exits Cape early afternoon.  Winds gust as high as 60-70 on Cape/Islands.  Winds gust 35-45 further inland.

I am in agreement with the latest NWS snowfall forecast so I will present their map this morning
NWS Boston Storm Snow Total Forecast
This storm is expected to be the strongest storm in the NW Atlantic since Hurricane Sandy.  As a meteorologist its fun to track but I hope everyone stays safe in Atlantic Canada, Coastal Maine, and SE MA.

-Zack Green


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