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 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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