BOSTON (CBS) – Snow in April? Come on now.
I think we should have known. This spring was way too easy. March and April 2021 have come together to create one of the sunniest, driest and warmest periods in our history to date.
Some notable stats (in Boston) from March 1st to April 13th:
- 15th driest in existence with only 2006 and 2012 drier since 2000
- 11th warmest in history and warmest since 2012
- Only 3 of the last 29 days had below average temperatures
- We are currently on our second longest stretch of consecutive dry days this year with 12
- Measurable rain has fallen on only 6 days since the beginning of March
I could go on and on Did I mention that last March was also the sunniest ever recorded?
Needless to say, we could actually use some rain. The state of Massachusetts is already warning of drought conditions and we have had numerous bush fires in the area.
Punctually we have a soaker on the way for Thursday evening to Friday.
The big headlines in this case, however, aren’t the 1 to 2 inches of rain or gusty winds on land, but the danger of snow. This will be a very unusually cold system for mid to late April, although given the current jetstream configuration, it’s not too surprising that it looks more like a twisted pretzel than a typical west-east flow. For comparison: If this exact system and the atmospheric structure had taken place about a month ago or certainly in the middle of winter, we would have measured the snow in feet!
Before you curse me for being told to put away the shovels and snow blowers a few weeks ago, I assure you that unless you live at an altitude of 500-700 feet in the future, there won’t be much snow around you.
The rain comes from west to east (slowly) in the late afternoon and evening on Thursday. The strongest and most consistent precipitation falls overnight from Thursday to early Friday.
We will also notice an intermingling overnight and switch to wet snow in the Berkshires, Greens and probably also in the Monadnock region. A lot of snow falls overnight in these areas, which can lead to tree and wire damage from the heavy weight.
During the Friday day, the rain and snow intensities become much lighter and spotty, with a dry slit moving up over the southeast fair.
On Saturday morning the last rain showers will displace the east coast and we should get some sunshine in the afternoon.
Coating to one inch: 5-10 miles north and west of Route 495, mainly in northern Worcester County and some of the lower elevations of the western fair.
1 to 3 inches: Areas of slightly more elevation, including far northern Worcester County (on the highest elevations) and also in western mass if you are more than 500 feet in elevation.
Three to 6+ inches: The highest peaks in the Berkshires in the Green and White Mountains and perhaps the Monadnock region.
WINDS / COAST:
East-northeast wind gusts between 30 and 50 miles per hour are expected along the coast late Thursday evening through Friday.
Those winds will roll north into the North Shore, New Hampshire and the Maine coast later on Friday as the center of the storm moves over the eastern fair.
The winds turn north-northwest on Friday evening into early Saturday, gusting between 20 and 40 miles per hour in East Mass before slowly waning during the day on Saturday
No major flooding problems on the coast as the tides are astronomically low.
Stay tuned to WBZ-TV, CBSBoston.com, and CBSN Boston for updates on and during the storm.
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