It was a wild night of weather throughout southern New England as a strong winter storm moved along the coast south of New England. Precipitation began to overspread the Boston area during the evening hours, with mostly rain on the coast to a wintry mix a few miles inland and snow over the far western and northern suburbs. Overnight the rain advanced further inland as strong easterly winds pushed milder marine air inland. By morning all of Essex County was experiencing rain as was the western suburbs and most of Middlesex County. However, west of Route 495 the snow continued, especially through northwest Middlesex County and northern Worcester County.
In western Massachusetts it remained snow for most of the night, however the rain has pushed into the Springfield area this morning, while it continues to snow throughout the Berkshires and points north of the city. It is now raining along the Massachusetts Turnpike from Springfield eastward.
As of mid morning on Thursday we have reports of 7 to 10 inches of snow through northern Worcester County, with 3 to 6 inches along and west of Route 495, north of the Massachusetts Turnpike and tapering to 1 to 3 inches west of Route 95. This was a rain event along the coast from the start last evening. Speaking of rain, some of us along the coast have had well over an inch and these totals will continue to increase during the day.
High winds were also a factor as gusts along the coast were reported as high as 55 mph in the Winthrop area. Generally, winds gusted to near 40 mph or higher adding to the drama of this event with windswept rains along and near the coast to windswept snows inland all of which added to the already difficult driving conditions. Coastal southeast Massachusetts and Cape Cod did see gusts to around 60 mph. There have been some power outages reported due to the high winds.
At 9:30 am Thursday low pressure was centered over Long Island and will move across southeast Massachusetts during the day. As the storm moves into the waters along the eastern Massachusetts coast it will begin to drag colder air in behind it on north to northwest winds. Any leftover precipitation will gradually change back to snow, perhaps to the coastline, before finally ending tonight. An inch or two of accumulation is possible, but more importantly everything will freeze up tonight as temperatures plummet into the 20s. Winds will back to the northwest and gust to near 40 mph overnight.
Short Term Forecast:
Thursday afternoon: Rain, gradually mixing with and changing back to snow inland. High temperatures in the mid 40s along the coast to near 40 inland, falling into the 30s. East winds will back to the north at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 40 mph.
Thursday night: Precipitation ending as snow, with an inch or two accumulation possible. Colder as lows tumble into the 20s. Northwest winds blowing at 15 to 30 mph, with higher gusts.
Friday: More tranquil, with partly sunny skies but continued breezy. Highs in the low to mid 30s