After you take pleasure in gentle temps within the 50s this weekend, you is perhaps questioning, “How could it possibly snow in a couple days?”
“Well, it’s February in New England,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines informed the Herald on Friday. “It can snow, and it looks like it will.”
A nor’easter may dump a number of inches of snow throughout the area from Monday evening into Tuesday, with near a foot of snow in spots.
Forecasters emphasize that there’s nonetheless a variety of uncertainty within the observe, depth and precise timing of the numerous coastal storm.
“As far as Massachusetts is concerned, it’s looking like a general 3 to 6 inches of snow,” Kines mentioned. “If you get far enough north and west of Boston away from the ocean influence, it could be more than that, in the 8 to 10 inch range.”
There could possibly be a mixture of snow and rain for some areas, relying on how fast the colder air can arrive.
“The places with the least amount of snow could be near the coast,” Kines mentioned.
The National Weather Service’s Boston workplace had not issued any snow prediction maps as of Friday afternoon, however NWS Boston mentioned appreciable snowfall could possibly be on the desk.
“All we can say at this point is there is potential for a significant snowfall, but snowfall amounts and where heaviest snowfall sets up remains uncertain,” the National Weather Service’s forecast dialogue reads.
“This will depend on the track of the low and the rate of storm intensification,” NWS added. “Given we are still 4 days out, further model shifts are expected.”
We’re monitoring the potential for vital snowfall within the northeastern US subsequent week as a climate system strikes from the Midwest to off the east coast by Tuesday morning. There continues to be loads of uncertainty in precipitation sort/quantities.
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Bombogenesis, often known as a bomb cyclone, stays a chance with this technique, Kines mentioned. Bombogenesis happens when a storm quickly intensifies, or strengthens, over a 24-hour interval. It can occur when a chilly air mass collides with a heat air mass, resembling air over heat ocean waters.
“This could get over the ocean and intensify,” Kines mentioned. “There could be a lot of rough surf and beach erosion.”
The storm is predicted to carry sturdy winds, which may spark coastal flooding given the excessive astronomical tides.
“The Stevens Institute Flood Advisory guidance showing roughly a 1-2 ft surge at this point, which could result in some coastal flooding issues,” the National Weather Service’s forecast dialogue reads. “Really need to hone in on the specifics for track/intensity and timing, but will be something to closely monitor given how vulnerable our shorelines are.”