Bundle up, Bostonians. We’re in for another nor’easter today, March 21st. Winter Storm Toby has begun to show signs of its arrival in the Vineyard as of 9 a.m. this morning. But when will Toby knock on Boston’s door, and how much snow will he bring?
By mid to late afternoon, Boston will begin to experience the fourth (and hopefully final) nor’easter this month. According to local Boston CBS affiliate WBZ meteorologist Danielle Niles, the snow will continue to fall overnight, which may cause problems for Beantown residents and those living along the South Shore tomorrow morning, March 22nd.
As for snowfall, Boston can expect a five to eight inch pileup by the end of the storm tomorrow morning.
Boston and other coastal areas, including the Cape and Islands, are also under a wind advisory. Niles reports that winds are expected to gust between 40 and 60 mph at Toby’s height. And coastal flooding may also impact the seaside city when 15 to 20 ft. waves form offshore tonight. The South Shore communities are at a higher risk of coastal flooding than Boston and North Shore communities.
Luckily, temperatures will reach 40 degrees tomorrow, which will hopefully help melt the majority of snow accumulation we get tonight — fingers crossed, anyway!
The good thing about Winter Storm Toby is that it won’t hit Massachusetts as hard as the past three nor’easters. We’ll see less snow and weaker winds. And for those of us who have lost power during each storm this month, this lesser storm system is a welcome change (if still not actually welcome).
This certainly isn’t the first time us Northerners have seen snow in spring. But we’re praying to the snow gods that this will be the last storm of the season.