The ocean storm that blanketed the area with up to a foot of snow has moved away to be replaced by high pressure. It will be a pleasant day on Thursday as we continue to clean up from the latest winter storm. Metro Boston, north shore and metro west generally received 9 to 12 inches of snow with slightly lesser amounts near the New Hampshire border. South of the city amounts decreased to 6 to 9 inches then fell off to an couple or so inches across Cape Cod where that area quickly changed to a mix and then rain.
High pressure expands eastward from the Plains States and by Friday will encompass the eastern half of the country maintaining quiet weather with fair and dry conditions into the start of the upcoming weekend. Although temperatures are going to be lower than normal, light winds and sunshine will make for pleasant afternoons.
Things begin to get more complicated the second half of the weekend as low pressure off the southeast US Coast and another across the Great Lakes look to give the area another winter punch come late Sunday and Monday. There was already some early hype about this system before we even had yesterdays storm, but with models backing off on the phasing of the two systems it now appears a weaker system slides through Sunday. On the other hand, we are still several days out and the models have plenty of time to fine tune the details before the weekend gets here. At this point the thinking is one low misses well out to sea with the Great Lakes system producing some light snow or snow showers Sunday.
Many school districts have already had 3 or 4 days off because of the snow this winter and we still have to get through February and March. If you want to believe the rodents prediction of another 6 weeks of winter then prepare for more snow and cold going forward. Scientific methods of forecasting the weather also suggest this winter in the Northeast is not over by a long shot and more opportunities for snow and cold are likely for at least several more weeks. Are you sick of it yet?
One last note. Today marks the 36th anniversary of the Blizzard of ‘78. For those of you that experienced that storm you know that remains the winter storm that all others are measured against in the Boston area. Hurricane force winds, 3 to almost 4 feet of snow in some locations, historic coastal flooding and drifts measured in yards brought the area to a standstill for almost a week. That storm set the bar pretty high and hopefully we do not see anything close to that one for a very long time.
Enjoy the next few days.
72 Hour Outlook:
Thursday: Partly cloudy with mostly cloudy intervals and cold. High temperatures in the mid 20s. Light northwest winds.
Thursday night: Mostly clear and colder. Lows near 10 inland to 15 on the coast. Light west winds.
Friday: Sunshine and cold. Highs in the mid 20s. West winds at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday night: Clear skies and continued below normal cold. Lows again near 10 inland to 15 along the coast.
Saturday and Saturday night: Becoming partly sunny with increasing clouds at night. Highs near 30. Overnight lows in the teens, near 20 on the coast.