Calm Before The Storm

Today is literally the calm before the storm as high pressure drifts out of New England and into the Gulf Of Maine. That sets you up for a sunny and cold day but also very little in the way of wind. Enjoy if you can.

Thursday  is a stormy day as low pressure heads for Cape Cod. That track (and the aforementioned departing High Pressure) means this storm will have some mild air to work with. The nor’easter has many angles to contend with some of which are easy to figure and others probably not until the storm is upon us.

Storm Thoughts:

* Drawn out storm that arrives between 7-9am on Thursday and doesn’t leave until 2-4am Friday morning.
* The morning commute is manageable before 9am but any travel plans for midday and certainly tomorrow afternoon-evening will be poor with heavy precipitation.
* I use “precipitation” because snow will change to sleet/rain on the South Shore mid morning and then charge up into metro Boston by early afternoon. I think some sleet is also likely well into metrowest (perhaps even out to I-495). Where it stays all snow (along/outside I-495) it’s a lot and where you quickly change to rain on the South Shore the amounts are less. our *special* map details the snowfall potential with this storm.

* Wind will be an issue for the South Shore as well as the North Shore tomorrow afternoon. Wind gusts between 40-50mph are likely at these locations and that combined with the wet snow could lead to some minor power disruption late Thursday. Lighter wind speeds (15-25mph) are anticipated well inland.

* We will have wind but the tides are astronomically low for this storm–whew—only anticipating some pockets of minor coastal flooding at the 10:3pm (Thu) high tide.

*Sunshine returns by mid morning Friday. (keep your restaurant reservations for Friday Night–returning to normal by then).

~JR

More thoughts later today…

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