Wednesday not only brings the return of spring air with highs near 50 and a light wind under abundant sunshine but also marks an astronomical extravaganza with the vernal equinox and a full moon all occurring this evening.
The vernal equinox – the official start of spring – is at 5:58 p.m. and will be followed only minutes later by the rising of the Super Worm Equinox Moon at 6:35, reaching completely full phase at 9:45 p.m.
The full moon will also help to accentuate tidal levels in the coming days, meaning some minor coastal flooding will be possible for both the Thursday and Friday midday high tides. All the while, a storm will develop along the Mid-Atlantic coast Wednesday night into Thursday.
It will move north into New England Thursday night with a slug of rain for most and snow in the higher terrain of Northern and Western New England. As the storm moves across New England and stalls to our northeast, it will strengthen.
This calls for a period of gusty southeast wind at the coast as it passes late Thursday night and early Friday morning, then renewed gusty wind from the west as the storm tracks northeast Friday evening into Saturday.
For most of us, the shot of Thursday night rain will break into lingering, occasional showers Friday. The mountains northern New England, however, will see continued heavy, wet snow accumulating 6 to 12 inches and resulting in some pockets of power outages.
It’s possible snow showers will clip southern New England Friday night as the system prepares to move farther away from us, with Saturday drying out. It will be gusty and chilly ahead of a quick warming that will brighten Sunday.
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Next week looks like classic New England spring in the exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast – swings in temperature and a chance of unsettled weather thrown in for good measure.