A strong, cold high-pressure system from Canada helped get our temperatures to the teens and 20s Thursday morning and in far Northern New England, the single digits!
We start cold and sunny, with clouds increasing during the day. A gathering storm will spread rain and snow into New England after dark, first in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Southeastern Massachusetts towards the end of the evening commute.
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The snow will continue to work northward at night, falling heavily at times inland. At the coast, expect a fairly quick transition to a wintry mix and then rain as winds blow in off the water.
By Friday morning, most spots in Southern New England will be over to plain rain, with any sleet or freezing rain limited to areas well North and West of Boston. We’ll dry out by the day’s end.
Northern New England, by contrast, will keep seeing snow right into the afternoon. Snowfall will range from a dusting of one inch for most of the immediate coast, with 1-to-3-inches through much of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Metro-West, and the Seacoast of New Hampshire.
More like 3-to-6-inches is likely from the hills of Connecticut and Northwest Rhode Island into Central Massachusetts and much of Northern New England.
Top totals of 6-to-9-inches will be found in the highest terrain of Western Massachusetts, the Greens, Whites, and mountains of Maine. The weekend will bring us back to the sun, and briefly milder temperatures. We’ll top out in the 40s.
Next week looks quiet overall, but some rain and snow showers will be likely Monday and again Wednesday. Right now it doesn’t look like either of those systems will result in major travel issues across New England.