BOSTON (CBS) – Getting back to work and school after the holidays can often be difficult. For some, the start of the week can be a bit more difficult as we are struggling with some wintry weather.
The key phrase here is “for some”. While some of us may see some snow and may need to find a snow shovel before the day is over, we will all be shivering as temperatures drop to our lower 20s by sunrise on Monday morning. Allow for a freshening north-northeast wind and it will feel more like the teenagers step out the door.
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Tomorrow’s snowfall is due to a storm that will make its way from the mid-Atlantic coast to the open waters south of New England. This is always a difficult winter storm trail when it comes to projecting snowfall for southern New England. Fifteen miles north or south can mean the difference between just a few scattered flakes and enough snow to shovel and even plow.
In this case, all the evidence at this point suggests that this system’s trail will hold most of the snowfall south and east of Boston. Combine this route with the dry air that comes in from the north and the stage is set for a tight snowfall over eastern Massachusetts.
So which areas have the best chance of seeing enough snow for shoveling and plowing? At this point, it appears that the outer part of Cape Cod and the islands have the best chance of responding to this type of snowfall, as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket may see up to half a foot of snow at all times is said and done. Boston will hardly need a whisk for this.
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In Boston, I expect some flakes to fly from that ocean storm tomorrow morning, with areas of light snow falling over Metro South and southeast Massachusetts for a good part of the afternoon. The time frame to pay attention to the “thickness” of this falling snow is the afternoon until dinner.
However, don’t be shocked if you see some excitement early in the morning due to a cold north-northeast wind blowing over the relatively warmer waters of Massachusetts Bay. This won’t matter much, but a great example of ocean effect snow indirectly related to the storm lurking in the south.
In addition to falling snow, those living at lower elevations closer to the coast should be aware that these north-northeast winds and higher than normal astronomical tides can cause minor coastal flooding. Remember noon tomorrow.
The snow that falls should be over by tomorrow night so the skies clearer and temperatures drop into the teenage mark by Tuesday morning.
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Conclusion: pack up tomorrow morning and get ready for a wintry start to the first week of January.