2/5/20 PM Update

Good afternoon! Quick update regarding the impending storm for tomorrow; but first, expect a low near 24 tonight, giving way to a high near 36 tomorrow, a low of 34 tomorrow night, and a high around 39 Friday. Overall, expect a cold, raw end to the workweek.

Precipitation will start in the hours before sunrise as snow, with a coating to 3″ expected for most locations (including Dracut) before a switch to a mix with sleet and freezing rain shortly after sunrise. The combination of snow and ice will make for a very hazardous morning commute; the freezing rain will switch to normal rain by around noontime or so. Freezing rain amounts should be between a glaze and a tenth of an inch of ice. As a result, I expect most area schools to have a delayed opening tomorrow; if the freezing rain continues into the later morning hours as is possible, a few school closings aren’t out of the question. Either way, I don’t expect any administrators to announce delays or closings until the morning.

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Rain showers will then continue through Thursday evening, with a steady and at times heavy rainfall likely Thursday night into Friday. Rain showers are then possible into Friday evening, when some snow may mix in with the rain; a light snow accumulation cannot be ruled out Saturday morning. If that chance materializes I’ll have more tomorrow or Friday.

Have a great day!
-Nathan

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 20 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am in 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 on Dracut Weather (also on Twitter and Facebook), 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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