No rest for the weary as shovels, snow blowers, plows, dump trucks and snow melters are back in action and stay in action over the next few days.
Many are already waking up to a fresh 3-4″ of fluff this morning. We’ll add generally 1-3″ additional through this afternoon to about sunset. After sunset, steadier and heavier snow settles back in for many tonight. Birthday parties, ski lessons and errands to run today? It’s manageable, secondary roads may have some snow on them, but main roads should be ok. Roads become tougher to navigate tonight as snow picks back up.
Tonight – Monday night: Snow is steadiest and heaviest during this time frame. Arctic air draining in helps establish a coastal front with temperatures in the teens along and west of I-95 to temps near 30 at the coast. Throw in the milder ocean air up and over that front, and steadier snow is the result along and west of the front. 8-14″ of MORE snow will be common around Boston, the North Shore and many suburbs. Across far Southeast Mass, mixing with some rain//freezing rain/sleet is likely near and south of Route 44 tonight before turning to snow during Monday. Cape/Islands have the most mixing with rain/ice. Outside 495, additional amounts vary from about 6″ of fluff in lower terrain to over a foot in hilly terrain.
Tuesday Morning: Snow is done before the morning commute, lots of cleaning up to do though. Bottom line final totals: 12-18″ for many towns with locally 18-24″ around Boston, surrounding burbs and up the North Shore. South of a line from Taunton to Duxbury and down through Buzzards Bay and the Cape/Islands, totals stay under a foot as we’ll have mixing issues today/tonight and the coastal front doesn’t help to enhance the snow. Still, we expect snow close to 8-12″ near Route 44 with lowering totals to just 2-5″ toward the Cape/Islands.
Winds will gust 35-45mph along the coast Monday and Monday night, however, the easterly fetch of strong winds aren’t long or strong enough to produce much coastal flooding thanks to astronomically lower tides. Minor splash over/erosion possible, but significant flooding is not expect.
Long duration event, we’ll keep you posted. Try to enjoy the rest of the weekend!