Spring Flips Back to Winter in Boston With Fast-Moving Snowstorm

  • Commuters should face snowy ride to work in Boston area
  • High winds, chilly temperatures for much of East Coast

A fast-moving snowstorm on Sunday has reminded Boston and southern New England that while the calendar may say spring, the weather can still turn to winter.

That message will be amplified Monday morning as a second storm sweeps across the Northeast, dumping snow from Buffalo, New York, to Boston, said Dan Petersen, a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

“It should be arriving in the Boston area by rush hour tomorrow morning and then clearing out by tomorrow evening,” Petersen said.

The first round of winter-like weather left a trace of snow in New York’s Central Park. From three to six inches (5-15 cm) has fallen across parts of western New York, as well as in Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island, according to the National Weather Service.

The Boston area could get a few more inches Sunday before picking up another 3 to 5 inches Monday, the weather service said. The second storm is forecast to bring a wintry mix of rain and snow to New York with little accumulation.

Beyond the Northeast, parts of Michigan could end up with as much as 8 inches of snow, and snowfall warnings have been posted for parts of Canada’s southern Ontario.

High winds associated with a low-pressure system raked much of the East Coast from Maryland to Massachusetts Saturday night into Sunday, with gusts as strong as 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour. There is a chance budding trees could be snapped and power lines felled, the weather service said.

The welcome area for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin was closed Sunday after Saturday night’s heavy winds collapsed two tents and caused possible damage to others, WUSA 9 reported. The whipping winds created a “feels-like” temperature of 29 Fahrenheit (-1.6C) as thousands of spring-break tourists flocked to the nation’s capital.

Just off the East Coast, winds could reach hurricane strength and whip up high seas, according to the weather service. Waves as high as almost 17 feet have been reported off the coast of New Jersey, according to the National Buoy Data Center.

Petersen said after the twin storms pull through there is a chance a third storm may strike the region Thursday. However, temperatures should be warm enough by then that the precipitation will only fall as rain.

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