BOSTON (CBS) – Wintah is here! Lots of wind and cold on the way, but news for snow lovers is not good.
Quick overview of the next 48 hours:
- The coldest start to a day yet Saturday morning, temperatures drop to single digits and in some cases below zero
- The wind continues with gusts of 20-40 mph until noon on Saturday, which gives chills at times -10 to -25 degrees
- Sunday morning will be another very cold single digit, though without wind.
- Sunday afternoon will be much more pleasant, in the mid and upper 20s
How do you follow up on one of the coldest weekends in years? Of course with rain on Monday. That’s just how we roll here in Boston.
However, it will not only be raining ….
Combine those winds with another round of Arctic air and you’ve got yourself a pretty uncomfortable Saturday with lots of layers the way to go. Wind cooling values will drop as low as -15 to -25 degrees Saturday morning. The wind relaxes in the afternoon and we “recover” to chills between 0 and -10 the rest of the day. In fact, high temperatures on Saturday will be in their teens for most, and close to 20 on the Cape and the islands.
The winds are no longer a concern, but the cold remains. The lowest temperature of the morning will be a few degrees on either side of the zero point for most, and the highest for the day will be in the 20s in the afternoon.
Sunday evening and Monday
And would you think that after all that cold we are watching an event that is predominantly raining on Monday morning? With no blockage present across northern latitudes, this storm will literally go all the way up into the gut, west of our area.
Most of our classic snowstorms encounter some resistance this way and end up passing just south of Nantucket, leaving us on the cold side. However, not this time.
While most of southern New England will start as a short period of snow, for many it will not last long. Expect the rainfall to come between midnight and noon. 4 Monday morning. Should start as snow everywhere west of I-95, probably all the rain east of it. The heaviest rain and snow falls between kl. 4 and noon on Monday and we expect winter precipitation to quickly relinquish all rain. You will need to take a stretch north and west into New England to still handle a lot of sleet or snow by the start of Monday morning.
The snow “jackpot” from Monday’s storm will be out in the state of New York and northern New England, where it will fall 8-12 “+.
Locally, the highest snow totals will be found in high areas of the Berkshires at 4-8 “.
The snow is decreasing rapidly to the east and south. Expect 2-4 ”before the change northwest of Worcester.
Between 128 and 495, a rapid occupancy to a maximum of 2 ″, probably all washed away by the change to rain.
And again, all the rain in Boston and along the immediate shoreline down through Cape Cod.
For the eastern MA, the biggest concern will be the wind. We could see gusts of wind out east-southeast between 50-70 mph close to the coast and especially over Cape Cod and the islands during Monday morning. There may even be some embedded thunderstorms in the area with heavy rain!
Finally, there may be some minor to moderate coastal floods during the high tide Monday morning (between 9am and noon). Wind direction will be key. a little early (they are on their way that way eventually), it may help to push some water away from the shoreline.Nothing, something to see until Monday mid-morning.
However, this storm is another rapid movement. The rain / snow and wind will quickly subside around noon, and there will be a significant drop in the afternoon.
No major storms likely in the following days, just more cold. Highlights generally appear to be slightly below average for most of next week. Next window for another storm seems to be around the following weekend.
A lot is happening! Stay tuned for frequent updates on WBZ-TV, CBSBoston.com and CBSN Boston.