Snow is expected to fall and cause flooding on the South Shore
Is there anything more New England than going from record highs on Saturday to a winter storm warning just a few days later?
That will be the case this week, as Tuesday’s forecast in the Northeast is expected to drop several inches of snow along the South Shore before breaking out in the early evening, according to the National Weather Service.
Timing and expected impact
A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 1 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, to 1 a.m. on Wednesday, February 14 for much of the state, including Norfolk and Plymouth counties, which the National Weather Service said could experience snow totals of 4 degrees. to 8 inches.
The storm is expected to begin Tuesday night as a mix of snow and rain before turning to snow Tuesday morning.
“Travel can be very difficult with snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour at times. Areas with snowfall can significantly reduce visibility,” the National Weather Service said. “Hazardous conditions will particularly impact the Tuesday morning commute.”
The agency said heavy snow is expected to fall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Easter light will not bring strong winds
Winds will also be an issue throughout the storm, with wind speeds expected to range from 22 to 28 mph and gusts reaching 40 mph or more, according to the National Weather Service.
Conditions are expected to improve late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening. Any new snow accumulation during that period will likely be less than an inch, according to the National Weather Service, which said winds will calm to between 13 and 20 mph.
While snow will still be on the ground by Valentine’s Day Wednesday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 33 and no further snow is expected.
Coastal flood warning
A coastal flood warning will be in effect from noon until 5pm Tuesday. Tuesday afternoon’s astronomical high tide will contribute to above-normal waves that are expected to result in 1 to 2 feet of water inundation in areas like Scituate and Brant Rock in Marshfield, both of which have already experienced devastating flooding this winter.
How is the rest of Massachusetts expected to perform?
According to the National Weather Service, much of the state will get up to a foot of snow. Cape Cod and the Islands are likely to receive 2 to 8 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 60 mph.
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Cape Town is under a coastal flood warning, winter storm watch and high wind warning.
The South Coast area is expected to see 4 to 10 inches of snow and some flooding, the National Weather Service said.
What is the difference between a winter storm watch and a warning?
The “watch” covers a wide area and serves as a warning to begin preparing for the storm in the coming days. A “warning” covers a smaller area and is a notification that storm activity will occur very soon.
South Shore School canceled
As of late Monday morning, no schools along the South Shore had announced a snow day cancellation for Tuesday. Cancellations will be updated here as we make any announcements.
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How should I prepare for a snowstorm?
- Make sure you have enough food, water, and medications to last at least a few days, in case you have difficulty driving afterward.
- Keep your cars filled with gas to keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Keep enough rock salt or de-icer and some sand or non-clumping kitty litter to provide traction on the sidewalk or driveway.
- Have an emergency kit with flashlights, batteries and extra blankets in case your home loses power.
- When it’s time to shovel, move slowly and take frequent breaks. If you use a snow blower, always keep your hands and feet away from the blades.
- Make sure fire hydrants, oven and clothes dryer vents are clear of snow.
Emergency numbers to know
To report a downed power line, medical condition, fire or other emergency, call 911.
- eversource: 800-592-2000
- National Grid: 800-465-1212
- Verizon: 800-Verizon
- Comcast: 800-XFINITY