Dry air not only has afforded Thursday morning sunshine for eastern New England, but also will stave off steady rain until overnight Thursday for most of New England. Light showers and sprinkles will likely be the worst most of us see until after dark in Western areas and after midnight east.
A slug of steady and at times heavy rain will only last about five or six hours into the early morning before tapering to a few showers and sprinkles for most of Friday.
Gusty winds of up to 45 mph from the southeast on Cape Cod predawn will move up the coast of Maine during Friday morning. Otherwise, the wind won’t turn very gusty until overnight Friday night into Saturday.
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The most action Friday will be found in northern New England, where pockets of rain and snow will fall through the day. The highest snow amounts will be in the highest terrain -– mountains should see over a foot of snow!
Power outages are possible where amounts exceed 4 inches, which likely will include some of the mountainous terrains in Vermont, the Berkshires, central and northern New Hampshire and interior Maine.
Saturday morning snow showers will exit by middle to late morning for most except the mountains, with blustery winds and cool high temperatures in the 40s and 30s north.
Significant warming with help from the sun is expected Sunday. Next week is classic New England spring: we’ll start the week around 50, showers will move through with a cold front and may produce more accumulating snow in northern New England.
Temperatures will dip for midweek before a more substantial warmup may boost us into the 60s by next weekend, at the end of the exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.