StormTeam10: Winter Storm Update Sunday
From R.J. Heim:
Updated 7:00pm Sunday, January 8th, 2017*
The core of the Arctic air will last through Monday, then Tuesday, milder but average temperatures will arrive. There may be a little light snow Tuesday night before it changes to rain showers, ending Wednesday morning. Expect above average temperatures through Friday, before we go back to average for the upcoming weekend.
SUNDAY EVENING: Passing snow flurry, otherwise lots of stars, arctic cold, breezy at times. Low: 3 to 9, except 10-15 on the islands.
MONDAY: Sunny, arctic cold, then hazy sun in the afternoon. High: low 20's.
MONDAY NIGHT: Stars, high clouds, steady temps in the low 20's.
TUESDAY: Sun, increasing clouds, average for this time of year temps in the mid 30's.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Steady temperatures in the low-mid 30's, some light snow possible, then changing to rain with rising temps overnight into the 40's.
WEDNESDAY: Breezy, mild, morning rain showers, then afternoon sun. High: mid-upper 40's.
THURSDAY: Hazy sun, breezy, even milder. High: mid 50's.
FRIDAY: Hazy sun, breezy, mild, increasing clouds in the afternoon, night rain showers. High: mid-upper 50's.
SATURDAY: Sun, seasonable, increasing clouds at night, with possibly some overnight light snow. High: mid 30's.
SUNDAY: Light snow possible. High: low-mid 30's.
**Updated 8:00am Sunday, January 8, 2017**
From Kelly Bates:
An arctic front will swing through Southern New England late this afternoon into this evening. When it comes through we will have a chance of snow squalls. Snow squalls can bring an intense brief snowfall that suddenly and greatly reduce visibility. Roads could also quickly become slippery with a quick 1-2” in squalls. Sunday will also be breezy and chilly. The arctic cold will be here tonight through Monday morning. Lows to start Monday will be in the single digits with a wind chill below zero. Bundle the little ones up at the bus stop in the morning! It will be cold and dry Monday. Tuesday will start off cold but warmer air moves in for the afternoon and sticks around into next weekend.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with increasing clouds and a chance of late afternoon snow squalls. High: 21.
Tonight: Clearing. Low: 7.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High: 22.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. High: 41.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. High: 49.
Thursday: Partly sunny. High: 51.
Friday: Partly sunny with a chance of showers. High: 55.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High: 48.
**Updated 7:15pm Saturday January 7, 2017**
Bands of locally heavy snow will slowly wind down after 8PM. But we will still have snow falling up through 11PM, with snow showers blowing across Cape Cod Bay well into Sunday morning!
Travel conditions are horrible now and will still be poor even after the accumulating snow ends as the wind gusts cause considerable blowing & drifting of the snow into early Sunday.
Here's the latest as of Saturday afternoon...all of the area remains under a Winter Storm Warning with parts of eastern Mass are now in a Blizzard Warning. Per the National Weather Service:
This will be the largest snowstorm our area has seen in nearly 2 years...last winter we didn't have a single storm drop 6" or more in the Providence area...this one will bring at least 8" to much of us with many areas picking up a foot or more.
We are in the height of the storm now and this will continue well into the evening.
Although the accumulating snow will begin to wind down this evening, the blowing and drifting will make travel extremely difficult into early Sunday.
It's important to mention that temps will be quite cold this afternoon and through tonight, this will result in even higher liquid to snow ratios (perhaps as high as 25:1)...so 0.4" of liquid MAY produce as much as 10" of snow, 0.7" of liquid brings nearly 18" ! That is why the snow forecast has gone as high as it has now.
Highest amounts are likely across southern Plymouth County & parts of southern Bristol County Massachusetts...even the Cape, where over a foot is possible...I am also concerned about the potential for strong wind gusts across coastal areas where blizzard conditions are possible. Gusts near or slightly over 40mph are possible over SE Mass Saturday evening:
This is a significant winter storm for all of the area...stay tuned, we will keep you updated!
Thanks for reading...Mark.