Upcoming Storm Update

Uncategorized / Tuesday, March 6th, 2018


The National Weather Service is forecasting another coastal storm to bring rain, snow, and gusty winds to New England starting Wednesday morning and continuing into Thursday.


  • Precipitation is forecast to overspread the state from west to east late Wednesday morning, reaching Worcester by noon and the Outer Cape by 2:00 PM, and continuing through Wednesday night before tapering off during the morning commute on Thursday. The most significant commuting impact will be during the Wednesday evening commute and possibly lingering into the Thursday morning commute.
  • Precipitation will fall as all snow over much of central and western Massachusetts and as all rain with possibly some wet snow at the beginning in the Cape and Islands. In eastern and southeastern Massachusetts, snow may change over to rain sometime Wednesday afternoon or evening, and possibly back to snow for a time Thursday morning as the storm departs the New England region. Snowfall will be wet and heavy.
  • Snow may fall at a rate of as much as 2-3 inches per hour at the peak of the storm late Wednesday into Wednesday night.
  • Snowfall totals could reach 12-18 inches on the eastern slopes of the Berkshires and the Worcester Hills, 8-12 inches in much of the rest of western and central Massachusetts, 6-12 inches in eastern Massachusetts, and 3-6 inches in southeastern Massachusetts. The Cape and Islands will see little if any accumulation.


  • 30-40 MPH wind gusts in the interior and 50-60 MPH gusts over the immediate coast are forecast, with the strongest winds occurring Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Coastal Flooding:

  • Storm surge of around 2.5 to 3 feet and 15-20 foot waves just offshore are forecast. At worst, this could result in minor coastal flooding and moderate beach erosion for the early Thursday morning high tide (generally 3:30 AM to 4:30 AM along the MA east coast). This will likely be the only high tide with any coastal impacts.


  • This storm is still 2 days away. Small scale details such as the exact location of the rain/snow line are not usually known with high forecast confidence until 24-36 hours prior to the event.


  • Storm surge and offshore wave action could result in minor coastal flooding and moderate beach erosion during the early Thursday morning high tide.
  • Heavy snow and gusty winds will result in hazardous travel conditions due to slippery road conditions and lowered visibility from blowing and drifting snow. Both the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning commutes may be impacted by this event.
  • Heavy wet snow may result in downed tree branches/limbs, increasing the risk for power outages.
  • Gusty winds may cause scattered tree damage and isolated power outages, especially in eastern Massachusetts.
  • Areas of eastern Massachusetts that receive heavy rain Wednesday afternoon or evening may experience flooding of rivers, streams, and urban areas.

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