BOSTON (CBS) – The winter is ending lively. With the official start of spring only a few days away (Saturday at 5:37 a.m.), winter is clearly on the ropes and is about to start counting. But in typical New England fashion, it seems like we’re getting one last punch in the stomach before we can officially turn the page to spring.
Overall, this winter was pretty boring. Almost all of the snowfall of our season came in five days (October 30th, December 17th, January 26th, February 7th, February 19th). Those five “notable storms” were mostly fast bats, and only one (December 17th) left Boston more than 6 “. And now we seem to add a final date to this list, March 19th.
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It’s not easy to accumulate snow this late in the season. Most often, under the cover of darkness, the snow has to get into an unusually cold mass of air with a fairly high intensity. It seems that we can meet these exact criteria for a 6 hour window on early Friday.
Thursday, 12 pm-7pm: Light rain comes from the west, becomes steady, light to moderate at sunset.
Thursday 7pm – midnight: Temperatures are dropping and the rain is turning to snow from northwest to southeast. Berkshires changes first between 7pm and 9pm. Most of the central and western MA turns to snow between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The eastern MA north of Plymouth changes to snow between 10:00 PM and midnight.
Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m .: The colder air is slowly pushing further south, bringing snow and a mixture to the south coast until around 5:00 a.m. This is the timeframe of major concern and when almost all of the snow accumulation will take place in southern New England. Sometimes a snowfall intensity of up to an inch an hour is likely.
Friday after 7 a.m.: The storm is making a quick exit to the sea and the snow is rejuvenating by mid-morning. Very little additional accumulation is expected after 7 a.m.
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North-northeast wind gusts will peak between midnight and 10 a.m. on Friday between 40 and 50 miles per hour over the coast of Plymouth County, Cape Cod and the Isles. Elsewhere, winds will peak with gusts between 20 and 40 miles per hour which are closest to the coast.
With temperatures over 50 this weekend and maybe 60 sometimes next week, the snow doesn’t last long. In fact, I would guess most of them will be gone by the end of the weekend. After that, there is no more snow in sight and the overall temperatures look pretty mild for a while. At this time of year, however, this always comes with a limitation here in New England. Thanks to our position on the map and proximity to a very cold ocean at this time of year, we are certainly prone to the classic “back door cold fronts” and daily ocean breezes that make forecasting and living here in March and April always so much fun .
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