Increasing Clouds and Night Snow

Good morning!

With clouds on the rise, expect highs in the mid to upper 20s and light winds. There is snow on the way; let’s jump into the details.

Precipitation Type

Snow.

Timing

Snow moves into the region from southwest to northeast this afternoon and early evening. It will continue throughout the night, with snow exiting from southwest to northeast during tomorrow’s morning commute.

Impact

Travel hazards are expected, particularly on untreated or poorly treated surfaces, for this evening’s rush hour for southern sections, and tomorrow morning’s rush hour for all. School delays aren’t out of the question for tomorrow morning, which would permit extra time to clear and treat roads for the buses as well as for those driving into school. Between this evening and tomorrow morning, caution should be exercised while driving. Slippery conditions may also develop on untreated sidewalks.

Snow Forecast

This is really more of a simple-but-difficult forecast than it seems on the surface. Most people are going to see either side of 3″ of snow.

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However, in eastern Massachusetts, higher amounts will be possible along the coast as well as points adjacent to the west of where an inverted trough sets up. There is some uncertainty, as there always is, with where exactly the inverted trough sets up, but where it does set up as well as in nearby locations (most likely to the west), isolated amounts of near 6″ aren’t totally out of the question. We know that it’s likely to set up somewhere between Plymouth and Newburyport, but where exactly remains to be seen and so this will dictate who exactly sees the heaviest snow.

Have a great day and stay tuned for later updates!

-Nathan

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 19 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am going into my junior year at UMass Lowell as a meteorology major. I am the current Vice President of the UML American Meteorological Society Local Student Chapter. Prior to at UML, I attended the Dracut school system for my K-12 years, having graduated from Dracut High in 2018. I first got into weather with the December 2008 ice storm, which knocked out my electricity for 4 days. I had no idea how it could be raining and becoming ice immediately, and how rain can knock out power. (Now I do - warm layer aloft, cold air at surface). But I didn't really get into it until the heat of July 2010 and specifically a few severe weather events during that month, followed by the year 2011, which featured several high profile weather events. Since then I have had a growing interest, and am hoping to make it into the meteorology field, preferably with NOAA/NWS. But for now, I'm blogging here, helping with the UML Weather Center social media, and tweeting about the weather on my own account as well. Thanks for visiting!

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