Nor'easter, Then Some Snow?

Big Storm To Hit New England Saturday

What could have been a fine fall weekend will instead turn into a raging nor'easter that may end up dumping some snow on us. Cape Cod will mostly stay "just rain," but that could change if the storm path wiggles some. I need not add that this storm most likely means the end of the Fall Foliage season all through New England.

Either way, what we do know is that a storm from the Midwest will bomb out off the mid-Atlantic coastline, and then move up into New England throughout the day on Saturday. We're looking at 1-2 inches of rain, some heavy (40 mph gusts) northeast winds, and a very real possibility of some coastal flooding.

Saturday may start off OK, but things should deteriorate as the day ages. By the middle of the afternoon, we'll be getting heavy rain and high winds. There is a waning full moon and high seasonal tides, both of which should join up with the wind to splash a bit of water into your yard/cellar. Maybe more than a bit, but we'll get back to you on that one. The National Weather Service should have a Coastal Flood Advisory up pretty soon (I'm writing this on Friday afternoon, player!). It won't be a 20 foot wave smashing into your house sort of storm, but you don't really need 20 foot waves to get some flooding with new moon high tides.

What you've really read this far to learn about is the snow. Well, player... Cape Cod probably isn't getting any. If we do get some, it won't be much. What snow we would see would occur overnight into Sunday, as the storm moves away from us. However, the rain/snow line is currently forecast to be around the Cape Cod Canal in the middle of the night.

Boston, in 100 years of weather record-keeping, has never had more than 1.1 inches of snow in October. They may get 6 inches from this storm. As for Cape Cod getting any... well, that remains to be seen. Either way, we will get soaked in rain from a coastal storm that may wreck a few basements and beachfront yards.

We'll check back with you as things unfold here on Cape Cod. Keep an eye to the sky, folks.

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