BOSTON (CBS) – Another single digit morning – Have a nice Sunday everyone! The last three days were the coldest route since the beginning of February 2019.
Fortunately, temperatures warm up between the mid and late 20s by Sunday afternoon, and with much less wind, temperatures don’t feel as strong as they did in days gone by.
The next Northeast for us already brings snow to millions of people in the Midwest, Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic. Winter warnings are published in 23 states. A winter storm clock will be released for Massachusetts, which will likely be upgraded to a winter storm warning in the coming hours.
The biggest impact of this storm will come from heavy, wet snow. It will rain heavily at times south and east of 128 on Monday evening and the wind will howl. This is pretty much your usual standard.
By late Monday morning, snow will pour into southern New England. By the afternoon, a solid blow will cover much of Massachusetts and likely have a major impact on Monday night commuting.
With strong easterly winds, mild air begins to turn from snow to rain through 128/95 well into the evening, as Worcester and Middlesex Counties stay like snow. The snow will lighten up overnight through Tuesday before finally going out to sea.
The “jackpot zone” for the highest amounts of snow is outside of 128 loops, away from the coastal communities. 8 to 14 inches is possible in some spots, with a tight slope facing south and east where the rain / snow line is.
The wildcard area extends from Boston to Providence. If the switch to rain doesn’t happen, Boston could be at the high end of forecasts. Switching earlier means less snow.
For coastal communities along the south coast, the cape, and the islands, this is a heavy rain wind event. The High Wind Watch applies from Monday morning to Tuesday evening. Expect widespread gusts to reach 40-50 mph, with some isolated gusts in excess of 60 mph.
Power outages are quite possible with these strong gusts of wind. Coastal flooding shouldn’t have much of an impact due to the flood cycle, but beach erosion will definitely be noticed.
The snow will unwind on Tuesday with persistent storms until Wednesday. What a way to ring the doorbell in February!