Weather forecast

Clear, Mild Weekend Before Monday's Wintry Mess

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Enjoy two beautiful days of winter weather, because a mess arrives Sunday night into Monday.

With partly cloudy skies today, temperatures will again be well above average. We’ll reach the 40s.

We’ll drop into the 20s to near 30 tonight with mostly clear skies.

Early sunshine then fades behind increasing clouds on Sunday, with highs a bit cooler, in the 30s in Northern New England and low 40s in Southern New England.

After dinner on Sunday our next storm arrives from west to east. It will then continue not just through Monday, but into the first half of Tuesday as well.

Expect rain near and south of the Massachusetts Turnpike, with an icy mixture for the hills in Connecticut, as well as the higher terrain of Central and Western Massachusetts. Icy conditions can also be expected in much of Vermont and New Hampshire, and even for the suburbs just north and west of Boston.

That mixture will include sleet, the small balls of ice that ping off things, as well as rain and freezing rain. Freezing rain is what coats things like power lines and trees in ice.

This will certainly create slippery travel.

A little snow is possible in far Northeastern Massachusetts before even there we go over to an icy mix, but for the most part, the highest snow totals will be reserved for the mountains of Northern New England. Expect 3-6”+ there, with just 1-3” before the mix closer to the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border.

Right now it looks like most of the storm winds down before First Night, except for some snow showers in Northern New England.

In Boston, as skies gradually clear for First Night, temperatures will likely be in the 30s.

The first days of 2020 look quiet and seasonable, before another opportunity for a storm at the end of the week. Right now that one also looks more wet than white.

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