Bitter Blast Inbound

Norlun TroughWell, file this storm under the bust category.

For the past few days a coastal storm was expected to form offshore, and it did. At the same time a “Norlun” trough, or finger of low pressure extending out from the storm, was expected to creep toward New England and deliver a sneaky batch of snow. The trough did develop, but it stayed about 20 miles offshore. You got it, that 20 miles made the different between a dusting and a foot for some.

As I mentioned in my forecast, these troughs create extremely localized heavy snowfall. Figuring out where they set up is a nightmare, and this is why. If there’s a silver lining to this bust it’s that most people’s commute was a lot better than expected!

Areas on the Cape still picked up a widespread 2-4″, with more like 3-6″ on the Outer Cape. Even parts of the South Shore picked up a dusting to 2″.

From this bust of a storm the forecast shifts to the bitter blast that is set to surge into New England this week. Wednesday and Thursday will be the two coldest days, with highs only in the upper teens following morning lows in the single digits! Add a busy breeze to those values and we’ll endure wind chills near o to 10 below. Bundle up!

The next chance of snow arrives Friday. Stay tuned for more on that.