National Weather Service: Massachusetts nor’easter ‘tapering off’ – Boston Herald

Saturday’s snowstorm, which one meteorologist described as “up there with the best of them,” is now tapering down, according to the National Weather Service.
“I think it’s fair to say that we’ve seen the worst of it,” said Rob Megnia, a meteorologist with the service’s Boston/Norton station. “The storm is pulling away, the intense snowfall rates have started to come down.”
The snow still fell at a steady 1 to 2 inches an hour by 5 p.m., which Megnia said he believes could continue into the night, but has fallen precipitously from the high of 3 to 4 inches that blanketed southeastern Massachusetts between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
A blizzard warning remains in effect until 5 a.m. Sunday, but Megnia said he wouldn’t be surprised to see that shifted to an earlier hour.
The data has yet to show whether what Bay Staters experienced will be marked as a blizzard, at least in technical terms. The NWS defines a blizzard as “blowing and/or falling snow with winds of at least 35 mph, reducing visibilities to a quarter of a mile or less for at least three hours.”
What is certain is that the storm took out power for more than 100,000 power customers throughout the state, closed down Boston Logan International Airport, and kept road crews out in force.
Wind gusts downed trees throughout the area and blew as hard as 50 to 70 mile per hour in certain parts of the state and went as high as a reported 83 miles per hour at Wellfleet on Cape Cod.
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