Mother Nature's confetti is showering New England after the Patriots incredible win last night claiming 4th Super Bowl title. What a feeling! Still, many of us are heading onto the roads this morning on the Monday and it is an absolute mess.
The biggest thump of snow is occurring this morning where snow will sometimes fall up to 1-3" an hour in heavier bands of snow. It is so cold outside that it is a fine powdery snow which is quickly starting to add up with reports of 3-6" of snow on the ground already at 7:30 in the morning!
Needless to say, this will be causing numerous delays and cancellation. It is important to use extreme caution while on the roads.
An area of low pressure will be hugging the south coast and tracking from Long Island to Nantucket today. Temperatures are cold on the front end this morning, but this low will begin to wrap in some warmer air as the morning progresses.
We will be tracking a snow/rain line advancing northward which will reach close to the MA Pike by the midday. As this line pushes through southern New England it will come with a period of sleet, freezing rain and eventually some rain...for places like CT, RI and SE MA.
The heaviest of the snow will be happening this morning through the early afternoon. Heaviest snow will be happening along and north of the MA Pike where up to a foot or more of snow will fall. Localized jackpots of 12-16" will be found in the NW MA, and also in NE MA in the Merrimack valley, on the colder side of a coastal front.
In fact, we expect some heavy snow to be developing across NE MA during the midday, along with developing gusty NE winds 20-40+ mph , which could make for a brief period of near blizzard conditions from Cape Ann to the Sea coast of New Hampshire. Where the mix line pushes in, amounts will be lower, with a heavier consistency to the snow, and even a slushy mess this afternoon as temps near 32. Across the north, arctic air is fully in place with highs in the single digits.
The cold air will maximize the snow growth potential with many areas in S. VT, S. NH and eastern Maine approaching a foot or more of snow.
As the low pulls away tonight, gusty NW winds will direct this cold Arctic air across the north back into southern New England. Slushy conditions in SE MA will see a Flash Freeze tonight between 5 pm- 8 pm tonight and temps will rapidly drop from the 30's into the teens!
Conditions will be very slick this evening with temps dropping into the single digits and wind chills feeling below zero this evening as winds will remain breezy from the NW 15 to 35 mph behind the departing low. Roads will remain slick right through tomorrow morning.
The weather pattern remains loaded with energy and potential. We are watching Thursday into early Friday for our next chance of snowfall. A clipper will swing in from the NW US and merge with the subtropical Jetstream for ANOTHER nor'easter developing off the east coast and tracking up to New England with the potential for more heavy snow, wind and coastal flooding.
The combination of the Blizzard of 2015, today's 12" of snow, along with this next storm Thursday-Friday...could mean near historic amounts of snow on the ground as these heavy snowfalls are coming on fast and furious...with the potential of another snowfall next weekend! Let's not get ahead of ourselves! We are taking one storm at a time.
For now, we are focusing on the radar. Stay tuned to NECN for latest updates and please check out the NECN weather App so you can also get the latest conditions!