Blizzard and Winter Storm Watches have been issued for the entire region. Let’s talk about the record cold first. Temperatures tonight will drop into the single digits and that puts us in record territory. Last week, with a similar air mass, Boston dropped to 9°. This week we have snow on the ground, which could allow for even lower temperatures. The record is 7° and the Early Warning Weather team is forecasting a low of 7° - this would tie the record set in 1900!
Sunday will be cold and sunny. Winds diminish, so it won’t be as punishingly cold as it was on today. Temperatures will climb into the 20s. Expect similar weather on Monday. Clouds increase Monday with the impending Nor’easter.
The Tuesday Nor’easter will be significant. It is way too early to talk about exact amounts, but a “plowable” snow is likely for everyone. I’m also confident enough to say that most areas will see at least 12”! It will be a big storm.
Flakes begin to fly early Tuesday morning. The worst of the storm will occur during the late afternoon and early evening. Most of the accumulating snow will wrap up by early Wednesday morning (in time for the commute). Winds will be another concern – gusts to 50 MPH at the coast. There is the potential for widespread power outages.
If the arrival of this storm aligns with high tide, there will likely be widespread minor coastal flooding and even pockets of moderate flooding. Minor flood is also possible during the Wednesday morning high tide cycle.
Behind the storm, we stay cold. Temperatures will stay in the 30s for the remainder of the week. Stay tuned for exact totals!