Currently in Boston — January 23rd, 2023

The weather, currently.

Milder and calmer for Tuesday

Boston has now received over 4 inches of snow, for the winter still below average, but at least we've seen our first 1-inch plus snowfall. Temperatures during the night will fall below freezing and there could be a few slick spots  in the morning.

Look for a blend of clouds and some sunshine for Tuesday with highs getting into the low to middle 40s. This will melt a lot of the snow that's on the ground. It gets even milder for Wednesday with more sunshine and fewer clouds and temperatures 45 to 50. Our next weather system arrives late Thursday and Friday in the form of rain with mild conditions. There is likely to be snow in northern New England from this storm.

Dave Epstein

What you need to know, currently.

Scientists studying water supply focus on weeks following peak snowpack
Water managers in the Colorado River basin are gaining a better understanding of how the weeks after peak snowpack can influence on the year’s water supply.

“Water managers in the Colorado River basin are gaining a better understanding that what happens in the weeks after peak snowpack — not just how much snow accumulated over the winter — can have an outsize influence on the year’s water supply.

Water year 2021 was historically bad, with an upper basin snowpack that peaked around 90% of average but translated to only 36% of average runoff into Lake Powell, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. It was the second-worst runoff on record after 2002. One of the culprits was exceptionally thirsty soils from 2020’s hot and dry summer and fall, which soaked up snowmelt before runoff made it to streams. But those dry soils are only part of the story.”

Read the full story, originally published by Heather Sackett in Aspen Journalism here.

What you can do, currently.

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