Nor'easter takes aim at Cape Cod
If John Bonham had a grandfather and he played on this track, Ol' Kansas Joe might be a household name today. I was not aware that Led Zep had stolen this song as well, but that's not today's topic.
The Colonel stopped me from writing to point out that A) the songs were stolen well, and B) lots of Englishmen worry about levees breaking in Delta blues regions. But back to the coverage...
What we're here to talk about today is the soaking rainstorm headed our way. The fun starts tonight, around 8 PM, and gets heavy overnight and into Friday. Showers are possible on either end of the storm, maybe even by noon Thursday and evening Friday.
Accuweather is calling for the village of Buzzards Bay to get 2.5-2.7 inches of rain. That's about 20-30 inches of snow, if we were colder. However, our temperatures are not forecast to drop below 38 at the coldest they get overnight.
That would be the problem of western and central Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and upstate Noo Yawk. 10" of snow are forecast there, and some regions could push past two feet.
The storm is forecast to truck right over Nantucket, and Cape Cod/South Shore should see the most precipitation. We'll get it all in rain, so don't bet on a snow day, kids!
We'll sneak back on later tonight or early tomorrow with some radar shots. The radar isn't impressive ATM, as the storm will pull itself together off the Virginia coast. The weather you see in NY (and showers here in MA this afternoon) will actually be from a seperate system.
Plan for a treacherous Friday commute as the rain literally pours down on us. Be very wary if your business calls you West tomorrow, as you may drive into the lair of the Snow Demon. The present estimated rain/snow line looks to run about Boston to Providence, with the heavy stuff hitting the rectangular part of the state.
Minor splashover is expected at the time of high tide on Friday, as the storm should be beating us pretty hard by then. Winds will be out of the northeast, and could gust past 50 mph. Spring tides will be strengthened by an approaching new moon (April 3rd), but no homewrecking flood event is presently forecast.
We're in an active weather pattern, and several rain events are heading our way over the next few weeks. Bright side? Temperatures will moderate, with highs pushing towards or past 50 for about 12 of those 15 days. We have a 60 degree day forecast for the week after next, albeit with an inch of rain.
We'll be back to keep you informed on this Wet Weather.
5:30 Update... heavy snow in Buzzards Bay, lawns coated, roads wet but clear. The radar shows a South Shore-sized pocket of snow amidst a New England sized pile of rain. Actual Cape Cod proper seems to be all rain, but I may hear diifferently in the comments.