A bitter cold started our Thursday in New England, setting record low temperatures for the date in some communities en route to a day with highs only in the teens for most and single digits north. Additionally, we'll have wind chill values that, at their warmest, will land either side of zero after starting well below zero in the morning.
One benefit of arctic air is that it's dry, so we’re not expecting any well-developed storms to impact New England in the coming days. One weak-to-moderate snow event will be missing New England to the south on Friday as it rides around the periphery of our dry arctic air.
Meanwhile, a follow-up disturbance on Saturday brings snow showers to the mountains and hills of Northern New England, but probably not for the rest of us.
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Otherwise, cold will gradually but steadily ease through the weekend with temperatures and wind chill values rising by about 10 degrees per day Friday and again Saturday. Then, as a stronger storm system organizes over the nation’s midsection into the Great Lakes, a southerly wind will move into New England late Sunday.
This new wind will be transporting warmth to New England, and the front edge may touch off some mixed showers Sunday night before high temperatures reach well into the 40s Monday, 50s Tuesday and may very well stay elevated, especially in Southern New England.
Such showers may last into Thursday as well with an accompanying chance of showers. Late next week, cold air will battle back, which not only raises the chance Thursday’s showers may end up as snow showers in Northern New England, but also means another shot of winter chill is likely by next Friday and Saturday in the exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.