Of all the storm impacts that Massachusetts could see with the nor’easter hitting the region Friday and Saturday, forecasters say exactly how much snow will arrive with the coastal storm remains uncertain.
“Our best and worst case scenarios reflect a wide range in possible outcomes,” the National Weather Service said on Facebook Thursday morning. “These range from little if any snow at all to a scenario with significant snow accumulations and power outages.”
The accumulation predictions from the service range from no snow to as much as 7 inches in Boston.
Boston could see rain switching to snow after 8 p.m. on Friday and continuing overnight into Saturday morning, according to the service’s seven-day forecast for the city.
Meteorologist David Epstein has a detailed forecast for Friday and Saturday, and the National Weather Service has released a series of maps focused on the potential impacts of flooding and rain. Below are seven maps from local forecasters attempting to predict how much snow Massachusetts could see.
Snowfall still remains the big wild card in the storm. I expect some surprises with this one. pic.twitter.com/YqkstkBY8x
— Dave Epstein (@growingwisdom) March 2, 2018
The most uncertain part of the forecast are snowfall accumulations. Highly dependent on when the changeover occurs. Highest totals with *elevation* through the interior. If higher totals occur, outage risk increases. #WBZ pic.twitter.com/fuLKaCcETc
— Danielle Niles (@DanielleWBZ4) March 1, 2018
Nasty nor’easter to bring strong winds, severe flooding, soaking rain, plowable snow https://t.co/e1qEZWF4jQ
— 7News Boston WHDH (@7News) March 2, 2018
Heavy rain is a given with #noreaster 1-3"+ urban flooding, rivers and streams will be rising. Heavy, wet, pasty snow develops in the higher elevations… but the question is do we flip to snow in eastern MA and when? Low confidence snow forecast- but potential is there #wcvb pic.twitter.com/h8gYSZwMdn
— Cindy Fitzgibbon (@Met_CindyFitz) March 1, 2018