Is it January or March?! Well, despite what the calendar says, some of us are measuring snow in feet today! Check out some of the totals in northern Worcester County and southern New Hampshire! Those are at 4pm this afternoon – many will increase those numbers by a few inches until the storm moves away from here.
Of course, what’s a Nor’easter without the wind? Similar to the snow totals, these are the top wind gusts from 4 p.m. That said, this is really just the beginning of the wind. The worst wind will probably come tonight.
So what’s to come for snow? Most of the accumulation is accounted for, but a few more inches are likely to accrue over the next few hours. Once we hit midnight we should be done with the snow.
As it is still snowing and will be after sunset we proceed with the winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories. Many of the main roads are fine even in areas with over 20″ of snow! But it’s the back roads that will remain a problem tonight until tomorrow morning.
Travel for many of us within 495 and even Worcester County south of the Pike will be fair, maybe just a little muddy this evening. In northern Worcester County and southern New Hampshire, poor road conditions are likely to get us through Wednesday morning. By this point of March daylight most roads should be melting leaving us with only wet roads for Wednesday.
The wind will also cause concern this evening. In fact, we’ll likely see the wind spike in the next few hours. We continue with the strong wind warning for the coastline and have also added a Southeast Massachusetts wind advisory. Those areas could experience additional tree damage or power issues tonight.
Although the strongest wind gusts will be on the coast, any wind will remain a problem for the Worcester Hills. Tree branches and power lines are buried in heavy, wet snow. We have seen that snow alone has caused several power outages today – in some cases entire cities. Additional gusts of wind will continue to cause problems this evening and tonight.
The risk of power failure therefore remains. It’s a double risk – the shoreline because of the strong winds on the way tonight and the Worcester Hills because of the heavy wet snow combined with some evening breezes. It’s probably more effective for the Worcester Hills than for the shoreline, although the wind blows less there.
Worries on the coast continue tonight and tomorrow morning. The wind has completely chopped up the sea today and will continue to create incredible waves and rough surf tonight and tonight – resulting in spray. Wednesday morning’s tide is astronomically slightly higher than today, so the choppy seas combined with this small extra tide could result in about 1 foot of flooding around the high tide, which occurs at 5am.
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