I know it's cliche but....today is the calm before the storm. Cold high pressure settles into the region with early sunshine then afternoon clouds. Seasonably cold with temps in the 20s. All in all, a good day for storm preps (or just soaking up some February sunshine)! No issues this evening & overnight hours with cloudy skies & just a few flurries toward daybreak Friday.
Friday & Saturday are stormy days with near blizzard conditions likely across much of eastern MA & RI. Here are several thoughts on the event:
*Patchy light snow & flurries arrive between 8-10am on Friday will become steadier & heavier by 2pm.
*Poor travel is likely from 2pm Friday until 10am Saturday---travel isn't recommended Friday evening or Friday night. Plan on air travel issues (cancelations/delays at Logan/T.F. green/Manchester/Portland/Bradley)
*Snowfall forecast is tricky as the track still isn't locked in. Just about every town gets a foot of snow but there are going to be pockets of thundersnow which will throw totals all out of whack in some communities. We can't possibly know where these thundersnow storms will occur at this time but we do know that where they occur--snow totals will approach 2 feet!
*Two types of snow with this event---light/fluffy & heavy/wet. Look for light/fluffy snow along & west of I-95 while a heavy, wet 7 pasty snow is expected along the south shore/cape islands. It's in those areas that power disruption is likely--perhaps several hours.
*Naturally, when talking a nor'easter, wind will be an issue. Wind gusts along the coast will be 50-60mph and gusts over 60mph are likely on Cape Cod. Wind gusts from 25-40mph are likely west of I-95.
*Coastal flooding is a real concern for 2 high tide cycles---10pm Friday Night & 10am Saturday Morning in and around metro Boston down along the south shore & Cape Cod (excluding south facing beaches).
*Plan on improving conditions between 9-11am Saturday. Sunday looks sunny & comfortable with temps in the low 30s.
More on this storm throughout the day!