Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (MA) Blizzard of January 4, 2018

Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:40:36 EST

Summary: Significant coastal flooding from the blizzard of January 4, 2018, impacts Massachusetts.

Significant flooding along the coast of Massachusetts occurred Thursday, January 4, 2018, caused by a powerful blizzard. Peak storm surge of approximately 3.00 feet occurred at the astro high tide; and, according to the National Weather Service, is the highest since records began at the Boston tide station in 1921. Storm surge reached approximately 3.50 feet up to a couple of hours after the high tide in and around the area.

The Aquarium Subway Station near the Seaport District had to be shut down, because water started pouring in the subway.

Snowfall totals in Massachusetts neared 18 inches, according to the National Weather Service records. Boston snowfall totaled 13.4 inches. Lexington snowfall totaled 17.0 inches. Taunton snowfall totaled 17.6 inches.

Five teams of USGS hydrographers are in the field today through the weekend flagging high water marks in several heavily impacted communities, including: Revere, Winthrop, Boston, Quincy, Hull, Scituate, and Marshfield.

Quick video clip can be viewed for Scituate: https://twitter.com/AndreaWBZ/status/948980171285114880

Quick video clip can be viewed for Boston (showing the aforementioned Aquarium Station): https://twitter.com/ChrisGNBCBoston/status/948972255534567424/video/1

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