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Windy with rain and snow into the evening

Posted by David Epstein  March 19, 2013 10:05 AM

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Spring arrives tomorrow morning at 7:02 AM. Is that a collective groan I hear or two other colorful words? Our storm has left its mark on the area with up to 9 inches of snow on the ground. Logan Airport has officially seen just over 6 inches of snow. We find the area of snow moving north at the same time warmer air has changed the snow to sleet or rain south of the Massachusetts Turnpike. radar now this am.png As milder air moves north areas further north can see some sleet mix with the snow. Temperatures are not above freezing in Boston so any mix of snow and rain will not accumulate.I'll be updating new details on the storm throughout the day on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

Although much of the accumulation has fallen in Boston and points south, we are not done with this storm. A low pressure area will continue to gather strength to our east as it moves north into the Gulf of Maine. There will be an area of snow to the northwest of that low that will pivot south around the storm. For this reason, I expect snow to continue to accumulate, at varies rates, across northern Worcester, Middlesex and Essex Counties. This will be especially true near the New Hampshire border. If you have travel plans into northern New England expect hazardous travel the entire day.

Evening commute
Traveling northward this evening will prove to be the most problematic in terms of road conditions. There will still be periods of snow or mixed sleet and snow. If you are heading south out of Boston conditions should be mostly wet. Areas along the Massachusetts pike heading west should see any precipitation ending the further west you travel.
snow for today march 19th storm.png

This afternoon and early evening, the rain/snow line will start to push southward and there can be a quick period of snow before the storm ends, even in Boston. The northern border towns of Massachusetts will see several more inches of snow. Boston might get a fast inch of snow, but I can also see just a few flakes falling in the city around 7 or 8 PM. The big snow will be occurring across southern Maine where snowfall rates will increase to between 1 and 3 inches per hour late this afternoon and early evening.

Wednesday looks like a quiet and cold day with highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s. The strong March sun will help to melt some of the snow, but it will be a slow process. Thursday there will be a low pressure area off our coast. The storm will form quite far out to sea, but some of the energy from the storm can push back towards the coast and provide a few inches of snow to parts of Cape Cod and extreme eastern Massachusetts. This is one of those situations where the forecast can be totally wrong, so I am going to wait until tomorrow to give more details on if we will see any more snow. Chilly weather continues through the weekend, but it will be dry.

Gardening this week

A very common problem with house plants is aphids. These sucking insects leave a residue on the leaves that can then cause a secondary infection on your plants. If you notice a black shoot-like coating on your houseplants, you probably have black sooty mold. This problem while not generally fatal to a plant can be an indication of an insect infestation. Check out this weeks video on black sooty mold and see if your plants have this issue.

I'll be updating my weather forecast for this week on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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