BOSTON (CBS) – Classic New England.
We haven’t been able to buy a snowflake this season. We were nearing the records for the last first few inches of total snow and the last first few inches of a single storm. And then just like that. . . Boom. The largest blizzard in Boston since December 2020. As of Thursday, Boston was 0.4 inches for the 2021-2022 season, almost a foot below the previous average. 24 hours and 11.2 inches later, Boston is 11.6 inches for the season, less than an inch off average.
11.2 “from Friday’s storm is by far our largest storm of 2021 and 2022. For our last storm of this size, you’ll need to return to the 12.7” storm of December 16-17, 2020. The snow on Friday in Boston was also enough to make this January the snowiest in 4 years (and think we have more than 3 weeks left)! We didn’t have that much snow in Boston in January since 2018, when it was 17.8. ”Strange considering the city’s average in January is just over 14 inches, but we’ve had some lean years.
Who has the most Check the snow totals list
Oddly enough, Boston overtakes Worcester this season. At the last check on Friday, Worcester was only 6.2 inches, bringing the total amount of snow for the season to a measly 10.0. Don’t worry Worcester, you will get your bragging rights back, it’s only a matter of time.
The storm on Friday was all about this band, this band, this band (everyone gets my reference here, “All About That Bass”). We knew there was going to be a bit more banding, so we had higher amounts (4-8 “) in our forecast in and around Boston. What we didn’t see, and what the models didn’t predict, was how juicy this band would be We had an almost perfect setup early Friday with aggressive lifting in the atmosphere right in the critical and best snowmaking zone, and the result was big old fat dendrites, the best kind of snowflake for quick accumulation.
In a “typical” snowstorm, there is generally about 10 ”snow per 1” liquid precipitation, a ratio of 10-1. This storm was a little different and had a tremendous fluff factor. Boston only had about 0.48 inches of fluid. . . So on a normal event, you’d expect this to be about 4.8 inches of snow. However, thanks to the colder temperatures and ideal snowflake production on Friday, the ratio of Boston was closer to 25-1! This is a serious fluffernutter!
The same is true of any parish south of Boston such as Milton, Norwood, and Walpole. They were “loosened” in an amount of 10-14 inches of snow, most of which fell in just 4-5 hours. Areas outside the intense snow band had a more reasonable blizzard, generally 4-8 inches on either side and lesser amounts (2-4 inches) towards the Outer Cape and more distant areas to the north and west.
With the weather forecast “something happens”. Or, in this case, you could say “fluff happens”. With every storm there are almost always a few surprises. Models have come a long way in the past few years, but we still can’t predict at the smallest scale. Fortunately, it was predicted well enough in advance and accurately enough to allow schools and businesses to close and keep most people off the streets.
Not a lot of melting, that’s for sure. A cold Saturday followed by a sloppy Sunday. Looks like a mixture of rain, freezing rain and sleet on Sunday. The greatest effects of the glaciation will occur in the northwest of 495 and in elevated areas in southern New England.
Then next week we’ll get a cold spell straight from the Arctic. Tuesday will be by far the coldest day of the young season with highs in the single digits and teenagers and wind chills well below zero all day. New England will be the unusually cold region in the entire northern hemisphere on Tuesday! (Cold compared to average)
Then from Thursday to Friday some snow showers and another shot of bitter cold can follow.
Sure, it looks like January could be our toughest winter month this season. For the time being no more snowstorms in sight, but certainly a lot of cold in our direction for a while.
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