A meteorological bomb is defined as a storm where the central pressure drops at least 24mb in 24 hours. The storm that develops in the Atlantic Ocean next week will be explosive. If some models are correct, you can forget about an average of 1mb/hour, this storm may deepen at 2mb/hour over 24 hours! Let’s call it nuclear.
Those who have followed me for a while know that I like to throw around the phrase “playing with fire” when referring to these big storms that are just far enough offshore to not look like a major impact in Southern New England. With this one we are playing with a blowtorch. If it comes any closer than the current consensus forecast it will be a major blizzard from I-95 east to Cape Cod and the islands. As it is, this will likely be a blizzard for the Cape and islands.
The computer model trend over night was a nudge to the west over yesterday’s run. As currently projected, I think it’s a 3-6″ event for RI and 6-12″ in Eastern MA. It’s still a little early and too low confidence for a first-look snow map, but that gives you an idea of the current thought process. If it’s any further west, we quickly get to the widespread 8-16″ storm scenario. Check out the very impressive computer model maps below.