Tracking heavy snow and gusty winds for weekend
Sunny and cold again today
*A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for the area from late Friday night through Saturday*
Bitterly cold this morning with temperatures in the single digits for many. Today will start with sunshine, some passing clouds this afternoon with highs in the upper 20s. Overnight clouds begin to increase which helps keep temperatures more seasonable, lows in the low 20s. Friday stays mostly cloudy with a few flurries or light snow showers around at times, highs in the mid 30s.
From there we track a major winter event for Saturday with heavy snow and gusty winds all day. Snow showers continue to build in Friday night, but it won’t be until the early morning hours that steadier and heavier snow begins to move in. It’s important to note that there is still some uncertainty when it comes to the exact tract of this storm. Confidence is high that a significant amount of snow, around 1 foot will fall in many locations, but even higher totals will be possible through eastern MA, and that is all dependent on the track. A minor shift in the track of the storm, means that jackpot of snow area will also shift. Right now, the thinking is 8-12″ of western areas, 12-18″ for eastern areas. Heavy snow falls all day Saturday so plan to be off the roads all day.
Winds will also be a concern, expect wind gusts along the coast and through eastern MA 45-60MPH through Saturday. Inland locations will be more in the 35-45MPH range.
Overnight Saturday into Sunday, some lingering snow showers continue but overall things will gradually begin to wind down. Sunday will become sunny but it will still be breezy. Expect highs in the upper 20s. Overnight will be clear and cold, lows in the low teens by Monday morning.
Chelsea Priest, ABC6 Meteor