March 1, 2018: In like a lion....

And true to form, March will arrive like a lion.

Don't be fooled by the balmy temperatures of Thursday - March 2nd will bring a Nor'easter to Greater New England. 

The City of Boston announced preparations underway ahead of the anticipated coastal storm and flooding that is expected to begin on Friday. As part of this storm, three high tides are expected to occur in Boston on Friday at 11:15 a.m., Friday at 11:45 p.m. and Saturday at 12:05 p.m, along with heavy rain and sustained winds of 20-40 miles per hour (MPH) with gusts up to 65 MPH.

Weather watches in place for Friday through Saturday include:

  • Coastal Flood Watch in effect from Friday 9 a.m. until Saturday 2 p.m.;
  • Areal Flood Watch in effect Friday 7 a.m. until Saturday 7 a.m.;
  • High Wind Warning in effect from Friday 10 a.m. until Saturday 10 a.m.

The City of Boston is taking the following steps to prepare for the heavy rains:

  • Boston Water & Sewer Commission (BWSC) is cleaning out low-lying areas of debris that could clog catch basins and restrict the flow of water through underground systems.
  • Boston Police Department (BPD) is prepared to institute barriers in areas that will be most affected by flooding, and redirect traffic as needed.
  • Public Works Department (PWD) will have loaders available to remove debris.
  • Several city departments, including BWSC, BPD, EMS and 311 will have extra support available to assist.

With luck, the morning commute won't be too terribly affected by the storm, but do plan for delays in the afternoon and evening commutes.