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In the first week of February, Peter McMahon had the worst morning. He tried to make coffee with his tap water—and realized it was salt water.

March is definitely coming in like a lion, as the region receives its third powerful storm of the month and its first blizzard of 2018.   Here are updates. 

Meteorological winter is upon us, and if you’re wondering what the next few months have in store weather-wise, you have a few options. There’s always the Farmer’s Almanac which – by the way – is predicting a cold, snowy winter here in New England. If you want something more scientific, there’s the The National Weather Service's winter weather outlook, which is calling for warmer than average winter temperatures in the northeast.

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12:55pm - It's snowing harder, temperatures are dropping, and roads are getting sloppy. Martha's Vineyard tops the current snow totals, with 4.5-6 inches. Nantucket has about 3 inches on the ground, while accumulation on the Cape and Coast range from 2 to 6 inches.

It's wet, heavy snow, so power outages are a concern. So far, National Grid is reporting fifty customers without power on Nantucket; no outages reported across the remainder of the region.

9:30 PM - The National Weather Service has extended the blizzard warning until 10 PM, and issued a new coastal flood advisory through midnight. Tides could be as much as 2.5 feet higher than usual, flooding vulnerable basements and shore roads. Erosion is a concern for east-facing beaches on Cape Cod and Nantucket. 

Eversource has restored power to many residents, but more than half of customers in Yarmouth - plus thousands more across the Cape and Islands - are still without electricity. Many school districts are already announcing closures or delays for Friday.

Lead author Laifang Li, with co-authors Ray Schmitt and Caroline Ummenhofer.
Jayne Doucette / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

We all love to malign the weather man. But it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate the knowledge and technology that enables forecasts for not only next week, but next month and even years to come. For example, New England is expected to see a warmer – and possible wetter – than usual summer. A major factor in those kinds of predictions is typically ocean temperatures. Now, researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution say they have a better way to make seasonal rainfall predictions, and it’s based on salinity rather than temperature of the ocean.

Forest damage from the hurricane of 1938.
Forest History Society

On September 21, 1938, New England was slammed by a hurricane that remains the most damaging weather event to ever hit the region. The category 2 hurricane hit New England moving fifty miles per hour, and plowed a path straight up the Connecticut River valley to Vermont. Arriving at high tide, and on the heels of an unrelated rain storm, it caused extensive coastal and inland flooding. Hundreds were killed, and the damage - largely uninsured - cost the equivalent of $5 billion to repair.

The Blizzard of 2015 exceeded expectations. Here's all the information we gathered, along with some great pictures.

Bill Koch / North Dakota State Highway Dept

March came in like a lion and seems poised to go out the same way. Is this a month for the history books?

Alecia Orsini

It's a snow day for most of us across the Cape, Islands and South Coast. What does it look like in your neck of the woods?

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Live Blog: First Winter Storm of 2014

Jan 2, 2014
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The first winter storm of 2014 is upon us. Our live blog is your one-stop source for all things storm-related. Check back for regular updates.

Alecia Orsini / WCAI

With the first winter storm of 2014 upon us, we've compiled a list of our favorite online resources for storm-related information, so you can be in the know.

The Climate Prediction Center is calling for an active to extremely active hurricane season.

Memorial Day has come and gone, marking the unofficial start of summer. Here's what experts say is in store for the season.

2010, 2011, and 2012 were the hottest three consecutive summers in over a century, and each year tied with two earlier years for third most named storms in a season. We may be poised to continue those streaks.