BOSTON (CBS) – Get ready for some rain and snow Friday and dangerously cold Saturday. Then there is a strong storm on Monday.
Light snow Friday
There will be an absolute bomb of a storm heading east across the high seas on Friday. Thank God this thing does not get 50 to 100 miles closer! However, it will be just close enough that some rain and snow may return over parts of extreme eastern Massachusetts during the day. It does not look like much, but there may be some showers as far west as I-495 toward Lowell and Worcester.
The best chance of a grass cover or a slight snow accumulation (an inch or two) would be areas within and east of I-95 including the immediate coastline and especially the South Shore, Cape and Islands. The precipitation is likely to start as rain over the southeastern Mass. (especially the Cape and the islands) and then switch to snow later in the afternoon before waning at night. Not overly worried about the snow part of this storm, but something to be aware of if you are going out Friday night.
The biggest impact from the distant ocean storm will be the winds. We are cut by the western edge of the storm’s fairly wide wind field Friday afternoon through the first half of Saturday. We expect gusts from north to northwest between 25 to 45 mph west of I-95 and 45 to 60 mph along the entire coastline, Cape Cod and the islands. This could be just enough to create some isolated power outages on Friday night along with some scattered wind damage.
Dangerously cold Saturday
Combine the winds I was talking about with another round of Arctic air and you’re having a pretty miserable Saturday.
Wind cooling values will drop as low as -15 to -25 degrees overnight Friday night to around noon Saturday. Only “recovers” to 0 to -10 Saturday afternoon as wind decreases.
Strong storm Monday
Last but not least, there will be another strong storm in the heels of Friday’s storm. This one seems to take a trail much further west, closer to the Mid-Atlantic and the coasts of New England.
Although it is still too early to go in depth with this, early indications favor rain closer to the coast, while snow chances increase the further inland you live. It will be a fast movement and be able to pack a punch with a good amount of rainfall for a period of 6-12 hours centered around Monday morning.
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