[2/6/17 Evening Update] Wintry Weather

Here is this evening’s update on the incoming winter weather event. This forecast is mainly tweaks, but important tweaks.

Precipitation Types

Snow, sleet, freezing rain, rain.

Timing

Precipitation enters the region as snow tomorrow morning (except in far southern New England where it begins as rain). While the coast will be changed to rain by late morning, areas in northern MA and points further north will not change over until around the evening. Mixed precip spreads north during the late morning into early-mid afternoon and then rain then makes its way north. Freezing rain is likely in parts of northern and western MA tomorrow afternoon and evening as well, and there is a chance that interior northeast MA could waffle between plain rain and freezing rain for a bit. Precipitation then exits during the overnight hours with lingering showers (mainly rain) possible tomorrow morning.

Impact

The morning commute may see somewhat of an impact, but late morning is where things begin to get dicey. It’s likely, that schools in northern MA and points north see either an early release or a day off from school, with the timing not exactly helping – school could probably be snuck in, but the commute home has the potential for trouble, so unless the forecast busts significantly, I can see many districts playing it safe and calling school off. The only reason I am not overly confident is because we have seen several similar systems bust too high in terms of the forecast, so I’m going to back off from an aggressive snow day prediction and just say that while there’s a good chance school is closed in northern MA and many points north, be prepared for any possibility.

Regardless, the afternoon and evening look like a travel nightmare, even as precipitation changes in type.

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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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