It may have taken most of the night but the snow is flying at a furious clip early this morning as an ocean storm continues to strengthen well offshore. However, the storm is so expansive that it will bring the local area accumulating snow, gusty winds of over 40 mph, low visibilities with blowing snow as well. Also, the cold air mass has taken a firm hold and temperatures around 20 degrees at sunrise will not move much during the day, perhaps reaching near 25 degrees for a high. With the cold temperatures we will have a dry fluffy snow locally. If you have plans to travel south of Boston the worst of the snow accumulations will be over southeast Massachusetts and Cape Cod where over 6 inches of the white stuff is likely.
The National Weather Service has a Winter Storm Warning in place for areas along and east of Route 95 to the coast. Generally west of Route 95 the weather service has a Winter Weather Advisory to 1 pm this afternoon. The closer you are to the coast the more likely you will receive higher snow accumulations.
During this afternoon the snow will start to taper off from west to east, with the coastal plain the last to see the snow come to an end. When all is said and done we think snowfall totals will be 3 to 5 inches in eastern Essex County and the immediate metro suburbs, 2 to 4 inches western Essex County and Middlesex County. Cape Ann could see upwards of 6 inches of accumulation. Again, keep in mind the higher totals will be closer to the coastline.
Although a few flurries or snow showers may linger into this evening along the coast the general trend overnight will be for mostly cloudy skies to partially clear towards morning. Gusty northwest winds will howl through the night as gusts in excess of 40 mph are likely. This will cause considerable blowing of the snow. Temperatures tonight will fall to 10 to 15 degrees, with wind chills running in the single numbers below zero.
Monday will be a cold and blustery day. Despite sunshine, gusty winds and high temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees will keep wind chills in the teens throughout most of the day.
Tuesday will bring us a chance of a wintry mix, changing to rain as temperatures moderate to over 40 degrees.