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.
|NWS Boston Observed Snow Totals|
|NWS Max temp forecast Saturday. Potential record low max temps circled (image Weatherbell)|
One does not need to be a meteorologist to know that it is nasty outside today. The winds are howling out of the Northwest making a mess of the snow that did fall yesterday. Wind chills are forecast to remain below zero most of the day. A *Wind Chill Advisory* has been posted for Northern Worcester County until 10 AM. A wind advisory may go up this afternoon for wind gusts over 40 MPH.
|NWS Saturday AM Headlines|
|NWS min temperature forecast Sunday. Potential record low temps circled (image Weatherbell)|
Medium Range Forecast
Here is the forecast surface map tomorrow at 8 AM. Notice the dome of high pressure in Central Canada, the storm coming through the Northern Rockies, and the mess along the Gulf Coast.
|WPC Surface Fronts/Precipitation Sunday 8 AM|
|00z ECMWF 500 mb height anomaly Sunday 8 PM (image Weatherbell)|
|WPC Surface Fronts/Precipitation Monday 8 AM|
|00z ECMWF 500 mb height anomaly Tuesday 8 AM (image Weatherbell)|
|WPC Surface Fronts Tuesday 8 AM|
I'm still working on snow totals, I'll have something out tomorrow. But you can probably imagine what a major nor'easter that is pretty much all snow will deliver. Tomorrow I may declare this a "Bread, Milk, and Alcohol" type snowstorm. If you plow, get ready for a long shift. If you teach. have a backup plan for Tuesday/Wednesday lesson plans.
So yeah, winter is not over.
- I don't think this is likey, but I can't ignore what some of the computer guidance is suggesting today. A track over Southern New England would deliver something like this