Governor Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts, effective immediately, as of Saturday at noon.
The state of emergency will allow federal and interstate resources to be deployed, if required, to provide assistance with the state's emergency response and what is anticipated to be a prolonged recovery effort.
Declaring a state of emergency allows the Commonwealth to expedite resources.
While the worst of the wind, rain and – in Western New England – snow has passed New England, coastal flooding remains a serious concern Saturday
Our overnight high tide Friday night was lower than the Friday late morning tide, but we expect Saturday’s noon high tide to be on par with Friday’s, meaning the water will be equally high.
This time, waves of 20 to 25 feet are moving toward shore, rather than the 10 to 15 foot waves Friday, so there should be more wave energy with today’s tide, which may increase the destructive potential.
The next tide after midday will be just past midnight tonight, and will deliver minor to moderate coastal flooding, but that will be significant improvement.
Elsewhere, wind gusts Saturday are only a fraction of yesterday, reaching 40 mph for many in Eastern New England and 50-60 mph along the South Shore and Cape.
This will result in scattered new wind damage, particularly where trees and limbs are weakened from yesterday, but not nearly the same scope of damage.
Expect light rain and snow from time to time both Saturday and Sunday with a continued onshore wind flow, though no substantial impact is expected.
That said, some light accumulation is possible later Sunday and even Sunday night in Eastern Massachusetts.
The weather will quiet after any morning snow showers Monday, but another storm of snow…perhaps changing to rain for some…is expected Wednesday.
Thereafter, we’re hopeful for a string of some quieter days in the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast.