‘Sizeable Storm’ Possible Friday

By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer

BOSTON (CBS) – It was just 14 years ago when Boston was treated to a nasty trick on April Fool’s Day.

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On March 31st and April 1st of 1997, Boston received 25.4 inches of snow, now ranking as the fourth biggest snowstorm in the city’s recorded history.

It stands as the greatest 24-hour snow event ever in Boston.

It was 63 degrees just one day before the blizzard and 75 degrees just a few days after – classic springtime in New England!


You may have heard some rumors of a potential repeat this year.

First, let me say that we are not going to have another April Fool’s Day blizzard.

But, there are signs that we could be in for a sizeable storm on Friday. The problem is, many weather models are still having a tough time putting all the pieces together.


There will be a coastal storm riding up the East Coast late on Thursday, we know that for sure. It’s exact track and intensity are what is in question.

About half of all computer models give us a decent sized Nor’easter-type event during the day on Friday.

This would mean a mix of rain and snow across the area – rain more likely along the coast and snow the farther inland you are, especially for those living in elevated areas.

In fact, there is the potential for several plowable inches well inland.

This would be accompanied by strong northeast winds and perhaps some minor tidal flooding as well.

Watch Melissa Mack’s forecast:


The time frame would be around dawn on Friday through late Friday night.

There is still an equal chance of this storm tracking either too far east to affect us in a major way or tracking too far west for much snow and being a windy-rain event.

Typically, we are able to narrow the possibilities much more when we get within 48 hours of the event, so hopefully by Wednesday morning the forecast will be a bit more definitive.

But for now, don’t put the shovels away just yet.

  • TooTall

    Why do you hype up storms that aren’t there. You get people all worried about snow, do you do this for the markets to sell milk and bread? Why don’t you wait till you actually know what the weather will be? NO, you have to hype it up to get ratings.

  • Markus McLaughlin

    Thanks for warning us, time to get out the snowblower after 2 months of non use!

  • Lou Lange

    @TooTall – Terry and the rest of the meteorologists are making their prediction based on the data they have. There are uncertainties (hence what he said about the diverse models) in weather data. That is why it is called FORECASTING

  • Ivan Mazepa

    “Typically, we are able to narrow the possibilities much more when we get within 48 hours of the event, so hopefully by Wednesday morning the forecast will be a bit more definitive.”

    Using the term noreaster-type event to describe a storm we may or may not get which may result in snow or may result in rain…. Inform us of storms when you are informed.

  • S

    Meteorologists are unbelieveable. With the exception of politicians, can you think of another job where you can be wrong the majority of the time and not get fired?

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  • Andrea01602

    Oh man… heading north this weekend! Break out the snowshoes, skis, and gas up the Wrangler! Yeehah! I love the beach, but make the most of what ya got!

  • macmum

    April snow is nothing new….and in the end, it’s gonna be fine. at least this time I can throw the snow somewhere that isnt’ piled so high that if falls back down. and soon it will melt!

  • may


    interesting weather blog-joe b.- on the up-coming weather at the end of the week.
    he often calls things that no one else does…

  • Pamanne Ct Mallory

    Maybe you don’t want to know about storms early, Too Tall & Ivan, but I do. I like to be prepared for all possibilities. If meteorologists wait until they are absolutely sure, you might as well just look out the window.

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