BOSTON (CBS) – Winter is here and it’s a messy start to the week for much of New England.
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 ….
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 started Monday as a brief period of snow, for many it will not last long. The precipitation came between midnight and 4 o’clock Monday morning. It started 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 have to go far north and west into New England to still handle a lot of sleet or snow by the start of Monday morning. There is advice on winter weather and warnings about winter storms outside parts of our area.
The snow “jackpot” from Monday’s storm will be out in the Berkshires to New York State and northern New England, where 8-12 “+ will fall.
The snow decreases rapidly to the east and south. Expect 2-4 ”before the change northwest of Worcester. North of Route 2 may be our local jackpot location where 4 ″ + will decrease.
Between 128 and 495, a rapid occupancy to 2 ″ maximum, probably all washed away by the change to rain. If you travel during the night, you may find some slippery spots before the transition.
And again, all the rain in Boston and along the immediate shoreline down through Cape Cod.
Quick snowfall note about this storm – if you wake up at 7 in the morning, so look outside and see sparse amounts of snow, some (or all) may have melted away. The rain and the mild temperatures will quickly ruin the snow package.
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 Monday morning. There may even be some embedded thunderstorms in the area with heavy rain!
Finally, there may be some minor to moderate coastal flooding during the high tide Monday morning (between 9am). The wind direction will be the key. If the wind stays out of the southeast through high tide, we will see significant splashing over along the eastern beaches. If the wind turns to the southwest a little early (they are heading that way eventually), it may help to push some water away from the shoreline. Either way, 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.