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All Time Warmest February Day in 145 Years (Boston)
Standing ovation for this weather pattern. It has delivered one of the warmest (the warmest? project time!) stretches in 145 years of record keeping. Worcester is at 66 as of 1 PM, just one degree off. The HRRR last night nailed this.
8 PM HRRR 2 m max temperatures Friday 2 PM (image Weatherbell)
Here is where we stand in regards to warmest Feb days.
I'd like to think we can break tomorrow's records as well before late afternoon/early evening rain overspreads the region. If minimum temperatures don't get below 50 tonight we will tie or break the warmest minimum temperatures in February.
A second major winter storm in four days will impact Southern New England Sunday afternoon into Monday. Snow will approach double digits but this will be a much different storm when compared to the Thursday storm. Temperatures will not be as cold during the storm so the snow will not be light and fluffy in nature. It will be the heavy and wet paste that can cause a lot of problems for trees, power lines, and hearts. A rain/snow line will exist in SE MA/RI. Winds will also approach blizzard levels for a time overnight Sunday into Monday. It does appear the storm will sit far enough away from the SNE coast to limit "blockbuster" potential. Still, 8-14" of snow will be common across the region. General Overview
Thursday's storm largely was born out of the Southern branch of the jet stream. Energy consolidated near the Carolina's and rapidly strengthened as it passed south and east of New England. Tomorrow's storm will originate out of the Northern Jet S…
Winter Storm Stella will come together off the Mid-Atlantic coast on Monday and she will deliver a quick hitting strike that will drop over a foot of snow for much of Southern New England. Snow will begin between 5-7 AM and will continue until late Tuesday evening. Winds will be very strong on Tuesday and as a result, a *Blizzard Watch* has been issued for parts of the region. A *Winter Storm Watch* is up for much of the rest of SNE.
After reviewing the latest data, I think the blizzard watches may be expanded west to Providence and Worcester and east to include Martha's Vineyard and the Lower Cape. The dominant feature that will contribute to the coastal development of Stella is moving across the Great Plains today. IL/IN/OH are all expecting 4-8" of snow as the feature progresses east the next 24-36 hours.
The energy moving off the Carolina coast dropped a bit of snow in the South this morning. It was nothing major but it's clear that air mass preceding Stella i…
When temperatures spiked to 73 in February, did anyone actually believe winter was over? Oh, you did? Ha!
A major winter storm will impact the region beginning Tuesday morning. Confidence in a storm is high but the ultimate track is still being worked out. There is a high probability of double-digit snow totals for everyone except South Coastal New England. The final track will likely bring some mixed precipitation/rain to these areas. They hit the jackpot yesterday as many locations near the South Coast and over to the Cape and Islands reported over 6" snow Friday. A full list can be found here.
Temperatures this morning bottomed out at 6 in Worcester, 10 in Boston and Hartford, and 14 in Providence. These fall short of record territory but they will set the stage for potentially the lowest high temperature on record for the date.
Current forecasts do indeed break or tie the low max temperatures today. Worcester will struggle to get back to 15-16 while Boston should g…