As the winter storm sometimes known as Nemo barrels toward us and residents hunker down in anticipation of blizzard conditions, the latest forecasts for the Lexington area are calling for snow to begin this afternoon with the action really ramping up overnight.
The worst of it, most forecasts concur, will be from around 7 p.m. tonight through early Saturday afternoon, during which time their could be periods where snow falls at a rate of 2- to 3-inches per hour.
“We are still thinking 20-24” of snow for a lot of cities & towns,” WHDH meteorologist Jeremy Reiner wrote in his Weather Blog. “Wind will also be a major concern with coastal towns getting wind gusts between 55-65 mph (a gust or two of 70mph is likely on Cape Cod). Farther inland, wind gusts will be on the order of 45-55mph. This wind will result in considerable blowing/drifting snow tonight and for much of tomorrow too.”
While Reiner notes folks will have a “few hours left this morning” to run their last-minute errands – or just sneak in a pre-storm run, the forecasted totals seem to have actually increased on the high-end.
According to the National Weather Service, Lexington could receive anywhere from 23 to 37 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon.
The NWS yesterday issued a Blizzard Warning for areas including Lexington, which extends through 1 p.m. Saturday and warns of dangerous travel and whiteout conditions from the heavy snow and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour.