Winds continue to pound the area this morning, especially along the coastline and across the Cape as occasional gusts to 50-60mph are likely into early afternoon.  Coastal flooding issues this morning subside by late morning/midday as the tide goes out, and tonight’s high tide is not expected to be as much of an issue as winds turn a bit more offshore and are not as strong.

Rain across eastern Mass this morning continues into the early afternoon as much of the precipitation remains east of 495.   The winds remain gusty through the day for all of us, with gusts to 40mph inland too.  We’ll dry out just in time for the Pats game, however, during the early tailgating hours, some flakes and drops may still be out there.  Flakes?

So what about the snow?  Truth be told, some forecast models are trying to print out big time snow totals around here this morning.  Here’s the catch:  From what I’m looking at this morning, those models seem to have the heaviest precipitation a bit too far west compared to where the bands of heaviest precip  actually are.  In addition, model snow algorithm output can be overdone when temps are above freezing near the surface, or some sleet gets mixed in. 

So what’s it all mean?  While I don’t expect a big snowstorm like the 10″ some models put out, I do expect snow into the early afternoon.  The snow will occur when the precipitation comes down hard, and since the heaviest precipitation will be closer to the coast vs central or western Mass, eastern Mass has the best chance for accumulating snow.  In terms of accumulations, along/near I-95, east toward the coast, there’s the potential for a slushy inch or two.  The best chance for the highest totals will be across Southeastern Mass, where some towns may find a pasty 2-4″ on the grass and car tops. 

Never a dull moment around here, that’s for sure. 

Chilly air settles in tonight before we return to 60s by mid-week.  

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