It's the question on the minds of lots of city residents: Just how much snow will we really get this weekend?
While Pete Bouchard at WHDH seems to still think the coast could get 6-10 inches, the usually conservative National Weather Service says in a Winter Weather Watch that six inches are possible. But another NWS forecast doesn't even make a guess at how much snow Peabody will get. All are agreed it will be heavy, wet snow.
It's expected to fall late Saturday into Sunday morning, sometimes at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
The NWS warned that the heavy wet snow could bring down tree limbs and result in scattered power outages. That mirrors what Bouchard wrote in his blog: However much we get, this snow will be great for snowballs, bad news for weak tree limbs.
Storm start-up still looks like Saturday afternoon. We'll still be able to get around and the amounts will be light through midnight - in fact, we may even mix from Boston to the South Shore. (Cape sees rain.)
After midnight, the storm will get a little meatier. Snow intensity will increase into Sunday morning.
Heavy snow through Sunday morning.
Tapering to flurries by mid afternoon on Sunday
There is a lot of water being thrown around in the atmosphere, and with marginally cold temps, this will result in a heavy, wet snow in many spots. Even in Worcester county, it will make for good snowballs and snowpeople. On the South Shore, it will cake to the trees and power lines - so there might be more power outages.