Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Storm ends for New England - snow for Montreal Thursday

A car is buried under nearly 30 inches of snow in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire on Tuesday. (Seacoast Online Photo)
A strong coastal storm produced record amounts of snow across eastern coastal New England on Wednesday with nearly 24 inches in Boston and a whopping 34.5 inches in Worcester, Massachusetts, their biggest one day storm ever. The system also produced heavy snow across Atlantic Canada with over 35cm in Moncton and blizzard conditions for hours. Winds were very strong, approaching hurricane force along the New England coast and driving a huge amount of ocean water and waves into the shoreline. Flooding and damage was reported south of Boston in Scituate and Marshfield among other locations. The collapse of a seawall in Marshfield during the height of the storm, damaged several homes with injuries reported. The National Guard was forced to carry out evacuations in some towns. The strong winds also knocked out power to thousands especially in Cape Cod and the islands. Heavy snow also hit New Hampshire and Maine with close to 30 inches in Hampton.

Pounding waves caused damage to many homes in Marshfield, Mass. (via Twitter @KarenWBZradio)
The snow worked its way inland but tapered off quickly with only light amounts across northern Vermont and portions of southern Quebec. The snow got as close as the south shore of Montreal, but no accumulations were reported in the city or here on L'Ile Perrot.

Looking ahead we can expect clearing skies today across the region, but it will be cold, only -10C (14F). Clear skies tonight with a low of -14C (6F) will give way to increasing clouds on Thursday as the next low pressure area approaches form the Great Lakes. It will be milder Thursday with a high of -6C (21F). We can expect snow to start late in the day in eastern Ontario and spread into Quebec by the evening commute. Steady snow and gusty winds are likely into Friday morning with a good 10cm (4 inches) expected in Montreal and Ottawa. It will turn cold again for the weekend with another shot at measurable snow by Monday. More on that as the week progresses.

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