The snow, freezing rain and sleet that began in the Mid-Atlantic region on Monday and moved toward New England early Tuesday has delivered on the promise of miserable conditions, slick roads and power outages, but a slight change in forecast is changing estimated snow accumulation for some.
According to Fox 25.com and the National Weather Service, the storm is tacking closer than expected to the Northeast coast, shifting the heaviest precipitation inland, west of the Interstate 95 corridor.
This shift will likely cut the expected amounts of snowfall accumulation in the Boston metro area. Western Massachusetts, however, can expect significant snow by Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters say that anything from 1-4 inches an hour is possible there.
However, revised snow accumulation estimates are not near the 24 inches forecast for Boston on Monday. The newest forecast calls for 8-12 inches of snow in the metro area.
According to the NWS, “Near the I-95 corridor from Boston to Washington D.C., sleet, freezing rain, even some rain is possible before changing back to snow and ending from south to north.”
The storm, coming days before the official start of spring, closed schools, business and led to hundreds of flights being canceled at Logan International Airport.
While the storm is setting up to intensify, forecasters are saying that warmer air is also being pulled into the system and will lead to a wintry mix along the coast and east of the I-95 corridor instead of a steady snowfall.
Overall in the region, more than 5,000 flights have been canceled and power is out to more than 100,000 customers from Virginia to Pennsylvania.