Wednesday Early Evening Update for Thursday Storm

Good evening!

This update is just some tweaks and slightly raised snowfall amounts.

Precipitation Types

Snow.

Timing

Snow begins just before and during of tomorrow morning’s commute. Snow becomes heavy by mid- to late-morning, and continues as such through the afternoon hours and into the evening commute before tapering off in the mid to late evening.

Impacts

Both commutes will be impacted significantly, as well as the time in between. Slick and snow covered roads are likely, making driving hazardous – especially on untreated roads. Travel will be very poor throughout the day. Schools are already in the process of declaring closures for tomorrow.

Amounts

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Uncertainty

This is a relatively high confidence forecast. The exact location of the western extent of heavy snow is still up in the air, though. This could shift a little bit west or east, but is still highly unlikely to change the situation of a widespread heavy snow, especially as it concerns CT/RI/eastern and central MA/southeastern NH. This will lead to a bit higher uncertainty for western and northern New England including southwest and northern/central NH, Vermont, northwest MA, etc.

Other Storm Hazards

Winds will be an issue in coastal Massachusetts – with wind gusts in the 30s (40s in southeast MA) causing visibility issues as well as some blowing snow; a blizzard warning is actually out for southeastern coastal MA and the south coast islands. Further inland, interior eastern MA may see this to a lesser extent.

Stay off the roads except if in an emergency tomorrow. Stay safe!

-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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