Moisture streaming northward up the Atlantic Seaboard will combine with intense energy approaching from the west to deliver a major nor'easter to New England late Tuesday night to Wednesday. Blizzard conditions may be attained Wednesday in parts of Eastern Massachusetts.
Here are the quick facts:
- Storm Timeframe: Snow begins in earnest around midnight, on average, in Southern New England, and continues through Wednesday evening.
- Intensity: Greatest intensity of 2"-4" of snow per hour to occur Wednesday morning
- Expected Snowfall: 12"-18" most of interior Southern New England; 6"-12" far west, South Shore to Western Cape, and Central New England; 3"-6" most of Northern New England with higher amounts in higher terrain
- Wind: Northeast gusts greater than 35 mph along most coasts, greater than 50 mph possible briefly Wednesday AM from Cape Ann south to Cape Cod. Rockingham County, NH, Essex and Middlesex County, MA, Eastern Worcester County, and Suffolk County, MA, may attain blizzard criteria Wednesday morning to midday. Also, slight chance of 70+ mph southwest gusts on Nantucket if storm center passes over the Island, but right now is expected to stay just south of the Island.
- Confidence: High confidence on storm track and impacts.
- Impacts: Travel severely impacted pre-dawn Wednesday through Wednesday afternoon. Snow begins along Interstate 95 corridor Tuesday afternoon in DC, dinnertime in Philly, 10 PM New York City, midnight Hartford/Springfield/Providence, 1 AM Boston. Most flights will be delayed or canceled at major Northeast airports on Wednesday, especially through mid-afternoon. Coastal flooding will likely not surpass minor flooding, even in prone areas.