• Nor'easter set to land Wednesday into Thursday


    From Fox 25 meteorologist Sarah Wroblewski:

    Clouds already increasing from the south as the low pressure system off the Mid-Atlantic continues to strengthen and head up the coast and develop into a powerful Nor'Easter that will bring us a mixed bag of weather the next couple of days.

    Wednesday morning will be cloudy as ENE winds will increase. We'll start to see rain, heavy at times approach the southeast coast by midday. As  the precipitation shield moves north during the afternoon and evening, a few wet flakes may mix in on the backside, just outside of Boston and perhaps turn over to all snow for a period of time to the north and west.

    This ribbon of snow will continue through Wednesday night before warming air causes a transition to freezing rain and reduces totals. I think the best bet of accumulations will be to the north and west, especially across the higher terrain.

    A slushy 1 to 3 inches is possible. No accumulation in Boston is expected even if a few snowflakes mix in for a time. Northeast winds will be the fiercest Wednesday afternoon/evening about 20 to 40 mph, with gusts to near 50 along the east coast, and 60 along the south coast, Cape and Islands. This could easily produce some power outages. As winds churn the ocean waters, seas will be averaging about 15-20 ft.

    With crashing waves and strong winds along the coast, during the time of high tide on Wednesday evening (5pm) and Thursday morning (5:30am) coastal flooding will be possible and beach erosion will be likely. Expect northeast and east facing beaches to see the brunt of this storm. A 1-2 foot storm surge is expected during the time of high tide.  

    On Thursday, winds will begin to ease, but we'll continue to see showers, some heavy at times throughout the day. It won't be until Friday when clouds give way to sunshine. Although this nor'easter will not be as intense on Sandy… it still will have an impact. Commutes will be slower, there may be some power outages, minor coastal flooding likely. AND… for some… it will be the first time we see snowflakes!

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