BOSTON (CBS) – Getting back to work and school on Monday can be tough. For some, the start of the week can be a bit more difficult as we are struggling with some snow.
The key phrase here is “for some”. While some of us may see some snow and may need to find a shovel before the day is over, we will all be shivering in temperatures around our lower 20s on Monday morning. Allow for a freshening north-northeast wind and it will feel more like the teenagers step out the door.
The culprit for Monday afternoon’s snowfall is 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.
To emphasize the expected increase on Monday, the National Weather Service has put Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard under a winter weather warning from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nantucket has been placed under a winter storm warning as they are expected to receive the highest sums (5 inches +).
Travel will be slower in the evening for those east of Buzzards Bay and could still be a nuisance for untreated roads in counties Bristol and Plymouth. For locations north of Route 44 and northwest of I-95, there shouldn’t be much concern outside of some slippery spots. Expects pretty easy terms for anyone north of the Boston-Worcester Line.
Boston will hardly need a whisk for this. Expect a few flakes to fly around town in the early afternoon, with areas of light snow falling over 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.
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 this on Monday lunchtime.
The snow that falls should be over by Monday night so the skies clearer and temperatures drop into the teenage mark by Tuesday morning.