NOAA: Tuesday morning winter storm update

Windy, rainy here. Significant icing possible off-Cape

Here is this morning's briefing from the National Weather Service concerning the ongoing coastal storm:

Tuesday Morning Coastal Storm Update:

First, thanks to everyone who has been posting their storm reports since last night! They are very helpful in keeping us informed as to what type of precipitation is falling across the region.

For today, as the wind and rain gradually wind down this morning, our focus is on icy conditions with slippery travel across much of interior southern New England, especially for the morning commute. Of special concern is in the higher elevations of western, central, and interior northeast Massachusetts where icy conditions may persist for much of the day.

*** Winter Weather ***
- Sleet and freezing rain expected across much of interior southern New England this morning.
- Light freezing rain may linger much of the day in western, central, and interior northeast Massachusetts, especially in the higher elevations.
- Icing will average 1/10 to 1/4 inch and will result in slippery travel, at least through the morning commute.

*** Coastal Flooding ***
- Minor to moderate coastal flooding along the east facing coast from the New Hampshire border to Nantucket with this morning's high tide. A storm surge of 3 to 4 feet is expected. The greatest impact will likely be the need to close some coastal roadways. There is some risk of damage to local sea walls.
- Minor coastal flooding is also possible along the south coast including Martha's Vineyard, Newport, Westerly and Block Island during this morning's high tide, where a storm surge of 2 to 3 feet is expected.

*** Wind ***
- East wind gusts as high as 60 mph along the immediate eastern Massachusetts coast including Cape Ann, coastal Plymouth county, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Block Island.
- Winds rapidly diminish from south to north between 6 am and 10 am.

** River/Urban Flooding ***
- Heavy rain quickly diminishes this morning from the Providence/Boston corridor to Cape Cod and the Islands. An additional 1 to 2 inches expected in most areas this morning.
- Localized urban flooding possible through the morning commute in these locations.
- Some small streams may approach bankfull, but larger mainstem rivers should remain within their banks.

As the coastal storm departs the region tonight and Wednesday, we'll see a return to dry conditions with above average temperatures.


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