Massachusetts pounded by wicked nor'easter; solar eclipse forecast looks 'really favorable'

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On I-93 in New Hampshire, Brian Houle, 63, a Massachusetts semi-truck driver who crashed into another tractor trailer, was cited for driving too fast for conditions during the snowstorm. There were no reported injuries in the crash.

Flooding was reported in Boston and along the coast, as big waves blasted the shoreline. A nearly 4-foot surge was reported in Boston, as total water levels topped out at 13.3 feet.

Following Thursday’s storm, it’s expected to be quite raw and dreary Friday and Saturday.

“By early April standards, we have a pretty chilly couple days coming up here,” Loconto said, noting temps will be in the low 40s with some breezy conditions and rain showers at times.

Conditions should finally dry out on Sunday, with temps ticking up a bit near 50 degrees.

Then the solar eclipse will be visible across the area on Monday, beginning shortly after 2 p.m. and lasting until about 4:30 p.m.


The weather forecast is looking promising for the eclipse, according to the National Weather Service’s Boston office.

“The viewing conditions look really favorable,” Loconto said. “It should be a mostly clear day, which is favorable for eclipse viewing in the local area.

“Temperatures also look good, in the upper 50s to around 60 degrees in the Boston area,” he added.

Officials are reminding residents to not look directly at the eclipse without proper eye protection. Regular sunglasses are not safe during an eclipse because they do not block ultraviolet and infrared rays, which can damage your eyes.


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