Winter storm warnings have been issued for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, and this weekend is expected to be a powerful Nor Easter bringing rain, wind and plenty of snow to New England.
The National Weather Service has a warning for the Middlesex and Worcester districts in Massachusetts from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. Various warnings were issued for parts of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine; Length varies but usually from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.
The warnings indicate an expected snowfall of at least 6 inches and in some cases above one foot. See all active weather alerts in our area here.
Timeline: An hour-long view of this weekend’s Nor Easter
The storm is coming together in our south, with a forecast of Saturday turning into rain with snow on Saturday and Sunday in Maine.
In the short term, raindrops, not snowdrops, are forecast for Friday evening and overnight, extending slowly through southern New England by Saturday morning.
This weekend proves tricky for the Northeast Easter forecast, says NBC 10 Boston and NECN chief meteorologist Matt Noyes, but he has all the data on what to expect across the New England.
There is uncertain evidence in the forecast, including the subtle connection of the northern and southern hemispheres very close to New England, that should happen exactly to a major event in southern New England (but it looks like, almost certainly to Maine).
As the storm intensifies and pulls cold winds from northern and western New England, frost temperatures begin to hover in the 40s and 30s in central and eastern New England from noon to afternoon.
As far as we can imagine, until the storm joins, the rain on Saturday morning will have its own effect, until Saturday morning with more than an inch of large puddles falling and water accumulating on the roads.
Of course, when it rains over the highlands of central Massachusetts and much of northern and western New England, the roads get worse and the water that gets wet with snow becomes muddy on the roads. Add snow on top of that, it will require plowing and treatment.
Far east, anxiety is not in the hours, but may be intense for a short time on Saturday afternoons. As the storm intensifies in the east, heavy rains in the western part of the storm on Saturday afternoon will move directly over eastern New England, confirming the heaviest snowfall in most parts of Maine and eastern New Hampshire, and is likely to produce in eastern Massachusetts (though not until southeastern Saturday evening). Hours of heavy snowfall, which could worsen road conditions.
If all goes well, that eruption will reduce two to four inches of snow per hour from northeastern Massachusetts to Maine Saturday evening – and if it comes together soon, that possibility will expand to the south coast.
That’s why, despite our first warning team acknowledging some uncertainty and the need to follow up on our updates, we are encouraging all residents in the South as far as the Southeast to stay in driveway stocks and prepare for snowfall and plowing. Ready for severe travel and road treatments. If an iceberg that way passes through Plymouth County to the south, everything will be ready.
Saturday afternoon and evening winds will blow along the coast, first blowing at 60 mph from the Cape Line south, with the storm center moving directly over the Cape, then blowing from the north and northwest at brief speeds of 60 mph on the Cape and at 45 mph.
The wind may trigger some electrical interruptions where heavy snowfall can cause additional difficulties in electrical connections.
The storm will leave Saturday night, with a thunderstorm on Sunday and more than a foot of snow in Maine and New Hampshire, with the exception of snow and sleet in the north.
They will get a natural boost to start the ski and snowmobile season, while Vermont will see lighter snow levels next week, but everyone is in for a chill week as they progress quickly over the next week to explode snow guns into the ski areas and create and open nature’s ice base.
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