By: Peter Collins Brown
Thursday: Clouds increasing by early afternoon. Light NNW wind at around 5-10 mph. High of 29 degrees.
Thursday Night: Cloudy with a NNW wind shifting to E at 10-15 mph. Low of 20 degrees.
Friday: Snow may not begin until late morning or noontime. The snow will be light at the onset and temperatures could make it above freezing for a few hours in the afternoon. This would cut down on our initial accumulations. E wind shifting to NE at 15-25 mph, increasing to 25-35 mph late in the evening. High of 34 degrees. Heavy, wet snow accumulations of 2-3 inches by late evening.
Friday Overnight: The snow will be heavy at times, with temperatures falling dramatically after midnight as the storm center develops and pulls a bit farther away from Bedford. Low of 16 degrees.
The models are agreeing on a large snowstorm, but the exact location of the heaviest snow bands are difficult to pinpoint now. The wind will be NE at 30-40 mph with gusts to 55 mph. If the most reliable models are to be believed, the heaviest precipitation will most likely occur from the Massachusetts Turnpike and south to Providence. Whether or not we receive the highest amounts, the snow could be coming down at the rate of 1-2 inches per hour, accompanied by thunder and lightning. This, combined with the strong winds, will most likely produce blizzard conditions briefly early Saturday morning. Snow accumulations overnight into Saturday morning could total between 10-14 inches.
Saturday: The worst of the storm should be wrapping up by mid-morning. Most of the snow we receive will come in an intense burst from midnight until dawn Saturday. Winds will be North at 25-35 mph. High of 21 degrees. Total storm accumulations could be between 14-18 inches.
Please note that this is a change from the totals put forth in my earlier article about this weekend’s storm. The models that I have looked at since then have changed even that much in a short period of time.
Saturday Night: Peace at last! Clearing and cold. Wind becoming NW at 10-15 mph. Low temperature of 5 degrees.
Sunday: After starting the day not far from zero, temperatures will moderate quickly by the afternoon under sunny skies with lighter winds. High temperature of 32 degrees.
It’s OK to relax; we have a “milder” week to come next week! But as soon as the storm passes, be sure to clear storm drains as temperatures in the 40’s early next week combined with a relatively strong mid-February sun could lead to minor street flooding from melting snow.
Have a safe weekend!