BOSTON (CBS) — Winter is here and it’s a messy start to the week for much of New England.
How’s one of the coldest weekends in years going? Naturally, with rain on Monday. That’s how we get around here in Boston. Although not everything is rain.
Before 6 a.m., interior locations measured 2 to 4 inches of wet, packed snow. This leads to a very slippery ride on Monday morning.
Those in eastern Massachusetts should not let their guard down. A 0.5” sludge was recorded at Methuen.
Constant rain will replace the flakes, but the pavement temperature will still be low enough to create slippery spots. Bottom line, take your time on any ride from the start.
POWERFUL STORM IS COMING
With no blockage present in the northern latitudes, this storm will literally head into the gut to the west of our area.
Most of our classic blizzards meet some resistance this way and end up passing just south of Nantucket, leaving us on the cold side. Although not this time.
While most of southern New England started Monday with a brief snowy spell, for many it won’t last long. Precipitation arrived between midnight and 4 a.m. Monday morning. It started out as snow everywhere west of I-95, probably all the rain east of that.
The heaviest rain and snow occurs between 4 am and noon on Monday, and we expect any winter precipitation to quickly give way to all the rain. You’ll have to head north and west into New England to continue to deal with a lot of sleet or snow early Monday morning. There are winter weather watches and winter storm warnings posted outside for parts of our area.
The snow “prize” from Monday’s storm will be in the Berkshires up to New York state and far northern New England, where 8 to 12 inches or more will fall.
Snow totals decline rapidly to the east and south. Wait 2-4” before turnaround northwest of Worcester. North of Route 2 may be our local jackpot location, where they will drop over 4″.
Between 128 and 495, a quick layer of 2″ at most, probably all washed out by the change to rain. If you ride overnight, you may find some slippery spots before the changeover.
And again, all the rain in Boston and along the immediate coast to Cape Cod.
Quick note on snowfall in this storm: If you wake up at 7 am, look outside, and see a meager snow total, some (or all) of it may have melted. Rain and mild temperatures will decimate snowpack quickly.
For eastern MA, the main concern will be wind. We could see east-southeast gusts between 50-70 MPH near the coast and especially over Cape Cod and the islands on Monday morning. There might even be some embedded thunderstorms in the heavy rain area!
Lastly, there could be some minor to moderate coastal flooding during Monday morning high tide (between 9am and noon). Wind direction will be key. If the winds remain out of the southeast at high tide, we will see significant splashing along the eastern beaches. If the winds turn to the southwest a bit sooner (eventually head in that direction), that could help move some water away from the coast. Either way, something to keep in mind on Monday mid-morning.
However, this storm is another fast move. The rain/snow and wind will die down quickly around noon, with things calming down significantly in the afternoon.
No major storms likely in the days ahead, just cooler. Highs are generally seen near or slightly below average for most of the next week. The next window for another storm appears to be around next weekend.
There are many things happening! Stay tuned for frequent updates on WBZ-TV, CBSBoston.com and CBSN Boston.