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Nor’Easter is Winding Down

By Melissa Mack, WBZ-TV
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Thankfully, this Nor’easter is slowly exiting our region. However, secondary roadways are slushy and slick this morning, while main roads and highways are just wet this morning. Regardless, it’s a morning that will be a ‘slow-go’.  Scattered rain showers this afternoon will taper off early tonight. Winds will also slowly die down by this evening.  High temps will be cool in the 40-45F range.

The precipitation is slowly breaking apart, and it will switch to rain showers for the entire area throughout the latter part of the morning. The bands of snow from southwestern Norfolk County, southern Worcester County, and portions of Norfolk County have received the heaviest snowfall of totals reaching 4-8″.  Then, the Boston area as well as portions of Middlesex and Essex Counties have received between 2-4″.  You may be asking—what made this forecast bust and change within the course of the storm?  The answer is the track of the vortex of the low. Often, you hear us talk about the Benchamrk, southeast of Nantucket/elbow of the Cape.  This is the ‘ideal’ location for a decent winter storm/nor’easter.  This is exactly what occurred. It was also tough to forecast precipitation type due to the temperatures and the large dewpoint depression leading up to the onset of the snow/mix/rain yesterday. There was enough evaporative cooling to drop those temperatures and make conditions favorable for heavy, wet snow in areas even inside the 95 corridor.  This turned out to be a nowcasting event as the snow bands started to set-up around noon yesterday. This is a prime example as to why the exact track is crucial for storm systems like this one.

Good-bye, snow!  The sunshine will return tomorrow to kick-off a dry stretch.  Highs will be near 50F on Friday. During the weekend, Saturday will begin with highs in the lower 50s, and temperatures will climb into the 60s for Veterans Day.

The beginning of next week will be warm as well. Then, a cold front will move in late-day Tuesday into early Wednesday which will cool temperatures back to the 50s.

~Melissa

 

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