The fast-moving winter storm sweeping across the Northeast was once poised to blanket the Boston area in up to a foot of snow, but it will now push farther south than expected, reducing snowfall totals in the region more than half of previous forecasts, according to the latest estimates.
“Snow fans might be very upset that snow totals have decreased because the system has moved farther south,” Torry Dooley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boston, said by telephone Tuesday morning. . “But other people who may not be as keen on snow may be happy this morning about the drop in snow totals.”
No matter where weather observers take the snow debate, Mr. Dooley emphasized that weather is fickle and forecasts are just that: forecasts.
“Our weather is very fluid,” Mr Dooley said. “So the atmosphere is very fluid. Forecasts evolve with better data.
Boston authorities closely monitored the storm and ultimately closed schools on Tuesday. Nearby school systems, such as in Plymouth and Salemmade the same decision.
Mr. Dooley said that weather service meteorologists do not discuss school closure decisions with officials and that superintendents make those decisions.
On Monday afternoon, meteorologists began receiving new data showing the storm’s track was moving increasingly southward.
While the snowfall forecast for the Boston area has decreased significantly since the initial forecast, southern Massachusetts can still expect several inches through Tuesday afternoon.
However, the Boston region will not be completely spared. Light rain showers are expected to change to snow before 9 a.m.
“Once that happens, we will have moderate snowfall,” Mr Dooley said. “Areas around Boston can expect typically four to six inches of snow throughout the day.”