February is off to an amazingly warm start. For the first four days, we are averaging almost 20 degrees above normal!
So I wouldn't blame you for dismissing the idea of a snowstorm Friday. Heck, it's hard for us to believe, and we're the ones staring at the weather maps.
Like all the storms, let's take it from the top:
- All wet Thursday night. Colder air is slow to arrive.
- Snow will mix with rain between 4 and 5 a.m. in western and central Massachusetts - quickly spreading east by 7 to 8 a.m.
- Initially, roads will be wet thanks to the warm ground.
- By mid-morning, the intensity will pick up and the snow will quickly accumulate.
- Heavy snow is possible in that timeframe in eastern Massachusetts.
- This is a wet, pasty, slippery snow that will be clinging to everything.
- The storm wraps by mid-afternoon from west to east.
- Any leftover slush or snow will freeze solid Friday night as temps continue to fall.
All told, not a superstorm, but certainly strong enough to jerk us back into winter. Winds won't be powerful, but some gusts near 30 mph may be enough to create a few power fluctuations or outages across eastern Massachusetts.
We still have our eyes on the Tuesday storm, but over the weekend, it's quiet. Temperatures will recover and the cold will cruise in by Sunday afternoon.
After the Tuesday storm, the arctic air invades, looking to chill us to the bone, too. Bitter with a capital "B," right through Valentine's Day.
Updates in the morning!