We can all agree that this winter has been relatively mild– as of late, many South Shore and Boston area towns have been enjoying 50°+ temps. But remember the terrible flooding that affected many Massachusetts towns back in January? Extremely high tides, full moon, strong winds, coastal flooding and a lingering storm? Unfortunately… forecasters are calling for a repeat of that this weekend.

January’s flooding made us very aware that history can still be made by large flooding events. It was also made clear that the speed of a storm (ie. fast or slow moving) can change the severity of a weather event. With this round of imminent weather being forecasted as a slow moving storm¹, we’ve put together some guidance for our neighbors along the coast.

What to Expect from This Storm

This storm likely isn’t going to be what you would envision when you hear “Nor’easter.” With temperatures expected to stay in the high 30’s or 40’s, meteorologists are reporting that the biggest threat will likely be coastal flooding and high winds. It’s still up in the air [literally] if it will produce rain and/or wet snow.

The coastal flooding is such a factor because the storm will significantly impact our region for multiple tide cycles. The January storm was a one tide storm… the predicted storm for this weekend could last through FOUR TIDES.

With this combination of elements we need to be prepared for:

  • Significant coastal flooding (a base tide of over 11 feet, with surge above that)
  • Potential winds of 60+ mph
  • Timing: Thursday evening through Sunday
  • Problem tides:
    • Thursday, March 1st at 11:01pm
    • Friday March 2nd at 11:20am
    • Friday March 2nd at 11:49pm
    • Saturday, March 3rd at 12:09pm.

Be Prepared

There are several things you can do now to prepare for this storm.

  • Elevate contents out of basements (basements have limited coverage through the NFIP)
  • Remove and/or secure items from your yard and landscape area to reduce the potential for damage and debris
  • For those in areas that experience wave action, secure shutters or board up windows
  • Remove vehicles from flood prone areas
  • Do not drive through flooded streets and avoid known repeatedly flooded areas
  • If you plan on filing an insurance claim, you must do so within 60 days of the event
  • Have a plan on where to go if you need to evacuate– and don’t wait to leave. This storm is expected to last a long time.

Don’t be surprised or gamble with coastal flooding! We will continue to monitor the situation and update this post as things change.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions on your flood insurance or the implications of this storm.

Stay safe!

¹Source: WCVB, Nor’easter to bring coastal flooding; possibility of heavy, wet snow