Major winter storm looms


Get ready, there’s an increasing chance we may get slammed again with a major winter storm.

While it’s still early to say with certainty, forecasters are keeping a wary eye on a storm system moving across the country.

“There is the potential for 8 inches or more of snow from Sunday night into early Monday evening,” the National Weather Service says in a special weather statement. “Any change in the track and intensity of the system may have an impact on the amount and type of precipation expected.”

The NWS in New York posted on its Facebook page: “At this time, we cannot say for certain what type of precipitation will fall, snowfall amounts, timing, etc. However, the potential for a wintry event is increasing. The low pressure itself is not forecast to be intense, but deep moisture will overrun an arctic boundary setting the stage for a wintry precipitation event. Where this boundary sets up and the depth of the low level cold air will ultimately determine observed precipitation types.”

Stay tuned.

Here’s the forecast:

  • Today: Sunny, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as -13. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
  • Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 4. Calm wind.
  • Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
  • Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west after midnight.
  • Sunday A chance of light snow, mainly between 9am and 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Sunday Night Snow, mainly after 9pm. Low around 17. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
  • Monday Snow. High near 23. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
  • Monday Night A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
  • Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 23.

While the NWS’s New York bureau isn’t ready to issue any snow accumulations estimates, here are some other forecasts:



 Weather Channel

wc“Storm total accumulations across some portion of the New York and Boston Sunday and Monday will easily exceed 6 inches, with local totals over one foot, due to the long duration of this event, but it’s a bit early to be confident about just how high the amounts will get in particular locations.”

“Aside from the snow itself, blustery winds and bitterly cold temperatures will mean blowing and drifting snow, poor visibility, and dangerous wind chills will add to the potential dangers for drivers in the snow zone.”

Ryan Hanrahan’s (NBC Connecticut) Way Too Much Weather blog

“Odds favor a few inches of snow on Monday but beware the caution flags. Still a lot of questions on this one. I probably won’t feel comfortable throwing out any numbers until Saturday morning.”

National Weather Service Boston bureau Facebook page


“Continued uncertainty with the winter storm anticipated Sunday night into Monday evening. Specifics remain difficult to nail down but we have increasing confidence of significant impacts across Southern New England.”

WFSB (Channel 3, Connecticut)

“Snow will likely develop Sunday night as a storm moves off the Mid-Atlantic Coast.  More snow is likely on Monday and it could really add up.  The Monday morning commute could be adversely impacted and perhaps the evening commute as well.  The snow may not end until Monday night.  How much snow we’ll have to plow and shovel on Monday will depend on the exact storm track, as usual.  One of our computer guidance models, the GFS, is putting out more than 0.75” of liquid equivalent for portions of the state.  That means there is the potential for more than 6″ of snow.  However, if the storm takes a more southerly track, snowfall totals will be less.  This is something we’ll have to watch closely throughout the weekend.”



Light snow (79%, 2.8″)
34°F 20°F
Mostly cloudy to overcast
Moderate snow early morning to late afternoon (86%, 5.7“)
Light snow all evening (40%, 0.6″)



Jim Shay