Friday Snow and Near Record Cold This Weekend - NBC Boston

Friday Snow and Near Record Cold This Weekend

We can say with confidence that the area that will see the most snowfall will be the Cape

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    Today (Thursday): Mild and breezy with mostly sunny skies. Highs reaching to near 50 degrees. Overnight Thursday Night: Clouds on the increase with lows in the mid to upper 20s. Friday: Light snow begins falling around daybreak across southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Potential for 3 to 5 inches south of the Mass Pike with a focus along the south coast. Highs reach into mid to upper 30s. (Published Thursday, March 9, 2017)

    After an unseasonably warm Wednesday, Thursday will bring back gusty westerly winds and slightly cooler high temperatures.

    However, it looks like yesterday was the last unseasonably warm day in that 10-day forecast, as temperatures take a plunge to record cold yet again this weekend.

    As far as the forecast for our Thursday, temperatures warm up into the mid to upper 40s south under plenty of sunshine, 30s north under more clouds as a few snow showers move through today before moving out by midday. Snow overnight allowed for some higher elevations to receive 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow into far northern New England, but these showers will taper by the afternoon.

    A Wind Advisory has been issued for southern New England, as gusts are expected to reach into the 40 to 50 mph range Thursday afternoon. This could spawn isolated power outages and minor damage.

    After sunset, winds are expected to gradually taper off. Thursday night, temperatures drop into the mid to upper 20s south and the teens far north as clouds build through the overnight.

    More advisories, watches and warnings have been issued in anticipation of Friday’s wintry weather during the morning commute for far southern New England.

    Snow showers are expected along and south of the Mass Pike by 6:30 a.m. and will taper off by late morning as the low pressure situated just off the coast of southern New England slides northeast and out to sea. The farther south you are, the heavier snowfall you’ll see.

    A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the Cape & the Islands, with the greatest confidence for heavy snowfall in that area (up to 6 inches). A Winter Storm Watch has also been issued for Rhode Island & southeast Massachusetts, where a few inches of snow are possible.

    A Winter Weather Advisory for Connecticut and parts of south central Massachusetts, including southern Worcester County and Norfolk County.

    A couple inches are possible for that area, with Boston and the 128 corridor seeing a chance to see a dusting to 1 inches. The expected snowfall range for the Boston and Worcester area is a dusting to 2 inches, as there is still some uncertainty as to the farthest northerly reaches of this system, where there is likely to be a sharp drop off in snowfall amounts.

    We can say with confidence that the area that will see the most snowfall will be the Cape.

    Friday’s high temperatures range from the lower 30s south, to 20s north. There could be another line of snow showers that develop from central Vermont into New Hampshire, stretching to the New Hampshire seacoast and into southern Maine, that could add a few inches of snow. This is also dependent on timing and location of the low that slides off the coastline.

    Friday’s high temperatures range from the lower 30s south, to 20s north. There could be another line of snow showers that develop from central Vermont into New Hampshire, stretching to the New Hampshire seacoast and into southern Maine that could add a few inches of snow. This is also dependent on timing and location of the low that slides off the coastline.

    After the snow chances dwindle into this weekend, it’s the near record cold that returns. Highs struggle to make it out of the 20s and overnight lows plunge into the teens south, near 0 north under partly sunny skies. As we “spring forward” for Daylight Saving Time, it certainly will not correlate to the temperatures for the weekend and in the extended forecast.

    The next round of wintry weather could be as early as Tuesday afternoon and stretching into Wednesday. We could see rain at the coast to snow inland or all snow, but as always, timing and location can change over the course of the next few days so be sure to check back frequently as winter reminds us that it’s not over yet in New England.