By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather ProducerBy Barry Burbank

BOSTON (CBS) – The mid-day weather models are in and here is the latest on the next snow storm.

We continue to believe that this will not be a blockbuster event.

Watch Barry Burbank’s forecast

There are signs at various layers of the atmosphere that this storm will not line up perfectly to give us a maximum snowfall.

Having said that, there is still a potential for 6 inches or more for parts of our area and a very messy morning on Thursday.


Rain and snow should break out just after 7 p.m. Wednesday night and become steady and heavy by 10 p.m.

The rain snow line will set up in southeastern Massachusetts for the first half of this storm but will collapse southward overnight, turning the precipitation to all snow for all of southern New England.

The peak of the storm will be from about 10 p.m. though 6 a.m.

Snow should taper fairly quickly Thursday morning, shutting off between 8-to-10 a.m.


The heaviest snow area is still somewhat hard to pin down, but right now it still appears that 6-to-10 inches should fall from Boston south to about Plymouth.

South of Plymouth down to Cape Cod can expect 3-to-6 inches, while the outer Cape and Islands should prepare for 1-to-3.

3-to-6 inches will fall north and west of Boston and into southern New Hampshire.

There will be a sharp cutoff to the north where not much snow falls at all.


Winds will briefly be strong especially for southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod Thursday morning, gusting to 50 mph.

The one high tide to watch would be Thursday at 5 a.m., there could be minor coastal flooding at that time.

49.6 inches of snow has fallen in Boston so far this season. The normal amount for an entire winter season is 42.2.

Comments (17)
  1. Annmarie says:

    i will like to see a break on the snow storms
    if it keep getting these storms we will run out of room to put the snow.
    i cant waite for spring to come in and yes i no we got long wall for spring to come. have good day.

  2. dedubew says:

    Cheer up! CPC predicts below noraml precipt. for the next two weeks. Meaning only dusting to an inch or two at a time from clippers, if that. ECMWF goes furtheer and predicts the cold will retreat into Canada by mid February meaning milder temps. We don’t have wait until spring, assuming of course that this verifies. Actually next weeki Accuweather’s 15 day outlook has a couple of days nudging forty for us, but a couple of days inthe twenties as welll.

  3. lies, damn lies, and meteorologists says:

    So what you are saying is that your announcement yesterday about a major snowstorm was a ratings ploy to get people to watch the evening news? At least the other stations are remaining consistent with their forecast.

    1. Paul says:

      Yea the other stations are sticking with their prediction so that they can get more hype out of it….the “stay tunned” scenario can go a long way with you glued to the station……it’s all about ratings my friend!

  4. FRANK says:


    1. John says:

      I agree! Thank you for your many years of service Barry!

  5. Patty Ollen says:

    Barry is the best! He’s scientific, but not an alarmist and doesn’t feel he has to be a ‘personality,”

    1. Italo says:

      Agreed. Also, as an aside, the a.m. weathercaster on ‘HDH seems like a nice enough person, but her blogs can be so annoying constantly journaling everything in her personal life that she does during the morning before she gets into the weather. I’m like…lady, just tell me the weather!! ;-o

  6. NewsJunkie says:

    Absolutely spot-on regarding Barry Burbank. He “tells it like it is” so to speak without the hoola or “personality-driven” delivery. Yet, he remains the BEST weather personality in Boston in terms of delivery, accuracy, and sincerity.

  7. David says:

    Is this accurate? Why am I seeing 6-12+ most of mass at accuweather, the bostonchannel,…. and im seeing a dustin-3″ here? Someone’s wrong…

    1. George Silas says:

      I agree I hope it’s Burbank so he will look like a fool

  8. jayne says:

    I find it interesting now that WBZ has associated itself with accuweather that there is such a big difference in forecasts on the tv and on the radio. They should have stuck with their dedicated team of local meteorologists.

  9. AshlandWxNerd77 says:

    Regardless of what we get out of this, it has been awhile since we ( Franklin Mass area) have seen such a snowcover for an extended period of time. This winter exceeded expectations of most already. As for this storm, who knows. Barry has always been a fav of mine. Lot of respect for him. There are others which the same cannot be said, and of course everybody has misses. It will be interesting to see how Feb and March play out this yr as opposed to the previous 3 years with relatively early springs.

  10. M says:

    It’s not like this is June and we are getting snow. It’s January! Suck it up and be happy!

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