Showing posts from February, 2015

Snow, Ice, Rain and a Brief Warm Up

A weak low pressure system will approach from the SW on Saturday and bring with it a variety of precipitation.  Though we are all sick of it snow is the preferred outcome.  However with a storm track to our west warmer air will work into New England changing the initial snow burst to ice and rain.  The details...
Region wide (sans CC) a winter weather advisory is effect from 1 pm tomorrow through 1 pm Sunday.  Everyone starts as snow early tomorrow afternoon.

Here is the current surface chart.  Notice the front in the southern plains pushing towards high pressure in the east For visual learners here are the 5 PM US temperatures
Here is the water vapor satellite loop
Before we get to any storm there is a very cold night ahead. Here is one high resolution weather models take for minimum temperature through 8 am
The storm will want to warm Southern New England.  But since cold air is more dense than warm air the warmer air will be forced up over the cold and so everyone starts as snow

Snow Map for Tuesday

After all we've been through the last 3 weeks tomorrow's snow will seem like a flurry to many.  SE MA will see a bit more which is why they are under a Winter Weather Advisory
Light snow will break out S to N after 6 am.  It should reach The MA/CT/RI border by 7 am.  The heaviest snow falls around lunch. It tapers late afternoon with the exception of S coastal MA.  Totals....
I think more falls in Plymouth County and a bit more in the middle Cape.  Another blast of Arctic air late week, another storm possible this weekend.  
Talk to you again in a few days.
-Zack Green

This Is Not a Recording- More Snow

I imagine most of you do not like me at the moment.  That's OK.  Before you know it I'll be forecasting heat waves and thunderstorms.  Before we get to that we have a date with history.  Boston and Worcester have climbed to 3rd place in seasonal snowfall totals.  February is Boston's snowiest month in recorded history by a foot. Both January and February are in the top 5 in Worcester for snowiest months. Hi.

I've buried the lead.  We are going to add to those totals Tuesday.  Before we get to that dangerous cold will invade the region.
A cold Arctic high is dropping into the Central US.  Our storm is on its way to Canada.  The large pressure gradient is contributing to strong winds.  Temperatures as of 2 pm

Short range guidance suggests wind chill temperatures of -25 to -30 regionwide tonight! The Berkshires are looking at -35 to -40
For this reason the National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Wind Chill Warning almost everywhere Until 10 am tomorrow Actual air…

Latest on Weekend Snow

Good news first... I think we are on the lower end of accumulating snow this time around, at least west of 495.  Coastal MA up thru NH and Downeast Maine will bear the brunt of this storm.  This is where Blizzard Warnings are posted.
Eastern CT, Cmass, and RI are under a winter storm warning.  A winter weather advisory exists east of the Berkshires and in central CT.  The Berkshires can expect 4-6, mainly tomorrow PM/overnight.  
Snow breaks out early afternoon region wide.  2-4 is likely by evening.  A lull is possible overnight which is why I am not expecting snow totals as high as the last few storms.  Using the National Weather Service as a guide These may be slightly high.  High resolutio resolution guidance suggests less in Worcester County.  The snow is a story because there is nowhere to put it.  The biggest story with this storm is the wind Sunday.  Here are some forecast gusts Sunday pm These are in its.  Basically 35 kts is 40 mph, 60 kts is 70 mph.  Winds will gust to hurr…

Snowstorm this Weekend to Pack a Punch

Another weekend, another storm to track. Nearly everyone has had enough snow but mother nature does not care.  The record setting snow blitz is set to continue. Two lanes streets have been reduced to one, rooves are collapsing, cities and towns have blown through snow removal budgets and there is no where to put the snow.   I poke fun at people who remember the Blizzard of 78 and all in all that was a worse singular storm than any of the 3 we've endured these past few weeks.  January 2011 brought storm after storm and similarly high snow banks/roof collapses. That was over a 6 week stretch however, not 3.
The Jan 11 storm highlighted that stretch.  The blizzard 3 weeks ago remains the foundation for our problems today.
I said at the time it was the most fun I've had covering a storm. Well one week later, after cold temperatures allowed minimal melting, we got this.
This storm actually ranked higher on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIScheck it out) due to a greater po…

Long Duration Snow Event Set to Begin

Here we go again! Another snow storm is on tap for Southern New England.  Winter 2014-15 started slow, but it has more than made up for its modest beginning and we are starting to enter legendary territory.  More snow threats are on my radar besides this storm and perhaps more impressive is an arctic blast not seen in these parts in years.  But first lets take a look at this storm.

A winter storm warning (pink) is in effect until Monday night.  It is snowing lightly right now as a disturbance moves through the region. At the surface the pattern is active  By tomorrow AM that boundary across Northern New England will sag south and set up around Long Island as Arctic High Pressure builds southeast. At the upper levels we see energy streaming across the Upper Plains The initial snow that develops overnight and tomorrow AM is a result of warm moist air overrunning the arctic front .  Expect 2-4 inches by 7-8 AM before a bit of a lull sets in.  I wouldn't rule out 4-8 in Northeast MA/S…