Greater Boston, North Shore and Metro West: After being walloped by the blizzard earlier this week and now with a bitter cold air mass in place there is no doubt that Old Man Winter has finally put his imprint on the weather. And, he is not finished by any means as we endure a bitter cold weekend, more snow to start the new week, followed by more bitter cold and a chance of additional snow later next week.
While the clean up of the snow mass left by the blizzard continues we awaken on this last Saturday morning of January to a wintry country side with temperatures hovering in the single digits to near 10 degrees with a howling wind that is delivering wind chills well below zero. Light snow early this morning gives way to developing afternoon sunshine as a intensifying storm in the Gulf of Maine slowly pulls away from the region. But, the wind will not let up and temperatures are not expected to recover much as they only climb into the mid teens. The result is a frigid day with wind chills dipping to zero or below at times given that the winds will occasionally gust past 35 mph.
After another cold night Saturday night with icy cold winds and temperatures in the low teens we look ahead to Sunday not only for the Super Bowl or that it is the beginning of February but a building confidence that yet another significant snow is going to fall late Sunday night and continue through Monday. Highs on Sunday rebound into the 20s with a stiff breeze from the west.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch that is in effect from 7 pm Sunday evening, through Monday and Monday evening, ending at 1 am early Tuesday morning. Snowfall in excess of 6 inches and perhaps up to a foot or more is becoming more likely for Monday which will cause travel headaches, school cancellations and business interruptions in many areas. With the cold air mass in place there is no doubt this will be an all snow event in our forecast area as temperatures most likely struggle to reach 20 degrees on Monday, after being in the single digits to around 10 degrees Sunday night.
Expect a snowy, cold and windy day on Monday with accumulating snow through the day. Snow could heavy at times, along with blowing snow and low visibility due to gusty winds. Since temperatures are going to be well below freezing this will be another fluffy snowfall making for easier removal but with the gusty winds also making for significant drifting and blowing of the snow. Conditions improve Monday night as the mercury plummets to near or below zero for many areas.
By Tuesday the storm is gone but the area remains in the grip of a bitter cold air mass. Highs Tuesday remain in teens with lows overnight dipping to near zero.
More snow by Wednesday night or Thursday? It could be but for now lets focus on the storm immediately on deck. For the snow lovers out there this is your time as a wintry active pattern looks to be locked in for the next couple weeks or more.