The nor’easter we’ve been talking about since the last storm is now upon us. The snow starts to ramp up over the morning hours of Wednesday for western Massachusetts, including the Berkshires, and western Connecticut.
As the storm strengthens off the coast of New Jersey and southern New England, we’ll start to see the snow filling into central Massachusetts, Connecticut, and northern Rhode Island through the morning hours. However, we’ll see some warmer air that will keep the rain/snow line along a line from Newburyport, Massachusetts, to Providence, Rhode Island, to Groton, Connecticut, where we could see heavy rainfall east of this corridor.
A Flood Watch has been issued for southeastern Massachusetts and southern Rhode Island for Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening as heavy downpours are expected to slide in over a short period of time.
The Cape and Islands are expected to get strong, gusty winds, but not nearly as strong as last weekend’s storm. Gusts are expected between 50 to 60 mph with mostly rainfall, upwards of 50+ mph gusts along the immediate Maine coastline, with the rest of New England upwards of 30 mph gusts.
As for snow, the gradient of snowfall totals west of the I-95 corridor really starts to increase as the predominant precipitation will be in the form of snow inland. Once you get to the higher elevations, especially the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, north central Massachusetts and into southern New Hampshire and southern Vermont, total snowfall could reach over a foot, with a wet, heavy snow that could weigh down power lines and trees causing downed trees and power outages.
For northern New England, the snow will begin Wednesday evening and extend into early Friday with the highest amounts inland and in the higher terrain.
Interior Maine, along and west of I-95, could reach over a foot of snowfall with locations closer to the coastline, like Portland and Rockland, between 6-9 inches. Far northern Maine, along the Canadian border will likely reach 3-6 inches of snowfall. There will be lingering snow showers early Friday before we dry things out by the weekend.
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Don’t forget to change the clocks this weekend as we spring forward for Daylight Saving Time late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. The high temperatures both days reach seasonable norms in the low to mid 40s under partly to mostly cloudy skies.
Then, Monday and Tuesday bring the next possible round of precipitation, depending on the timing, could see some rain/snow. We’ll know a little more details as we get closer.