While the snow and rain battled all day, a storm was deepening south of Long Island. After it "bombed out" and became a nor'easter, the reports from New York and New Jersey came flooding in — snowfall rates of nearly 4 inches per hour with numerous lightning strikes rumbles of thunder. Indeed, thundersnow had struck!
As the dust settles there (with up to 15-18 inches on the ground in spots), the storm has set its sights on New England. Over the last couple of hours, rain has flipped to snow and temperatures have inched down.
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The key here is pacing. With heavy snowfall rates — and the possibility of thundersnow — we will eventually realize our forecast snow amounts.
The exception may be in the Merrimack Valley, where we've lost so much time with the rain, we may not close in on a foot. Worcester, Massachusetts, will make up for that, as 2-4 inches of snow fell before the meat of the storm moved in this evening. That seems to be our emerging "jackpot" in the storm. A solid foot is in the works.
Winds have been steadily ramping up, too. Gusts have topped 40 mph and will head to 60 mph along the coast/Capes. High tide will come up between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., but thanks to a waning moon, they will not be as alarming as the last storm.
Nonetheless, minor to moderate flooding is possible along the Seacoast of New Hampshire, and Salisbury and Newburyport in Massachusetts.
All signs point to the storm wrapping up between 5-7 a.m. Thursday. Still, some cancellations and delays are in effect, but accumulation will come to an end.
Melting is in the cards in the coming days, thanks to the strong March sun. It may take a few days for the snow to vanish completely, though. Temps aren't exactly skyrocketing.