We're in it now. Although in some parts of Mass. and Southern NH, the storm will fade just as soon as the snow gets going.
Where is that? Here's a hint. Look at the lower end of the snowfall range:
That's the easy part of the storm. The rest of Massachusetts is in the crosshairs of a true ocean tempest. Late word from our weather models this afternoon pits a rapidly deepening ocean storm against a narrow band of real estate sticking out over the water: Cape Cod.
It's easy to scoff at theses models and say that there are too many variables at play to see this kind of strengthening, but we've been here before - ala 2-4" snowfall rates in Thursday's storm. Storms of this nature are known for hitting hard and fast, and this is no exception.
Now the nitty gritty:
- Intense snow envelopes all of SE Mass. from the South Shore to Cape Cod in the next few hours
- Snow is not as intense (read: slow, steady accumulation) elsewhere
- Snowfall rates of 2-3" possible from Plymouth to Dighton out to Cape Cod through midnight
- Intense wind will result along the coast. Expect a ramp up to 50+ by midnight.
- Minor coastal flooding on the north facing beaches on Cape Cod through 11pm -1am. (We dodged a bullet on this one.)
This storm is NOT in two parts, it's speedy and tidy, and it's gone in a flash after midnight. (Give it until 3-4am on the Cape.)
Wind continues into tomorrow, but at least the sun's out.
More updates through the evening.