There’s no question that the light wind Thursday makes the day more bearable than Wednesday’s single-digit wind chill values, but this would still be a headline-worthy wintry cold day if not for the exceptional wind and cold of Wednesday.
With clouds sliding in, the limited and weak sun certainly doesn’t help a high of 40 degrees feel any better, but these clouds are a sign of clashing air overhead as a slow feed of incoming warmth on a developing southerly wind collides with the cold already in place.
An energetic disturbance aloft will touch off some mountain snow showers Thursday afternoon into evening with a little scattered accumulation. There will also be a few showers overnight on Cape Cod that may extend into coastal Maine, where some snowflakes will mix in. Little impact is expected.
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Sunshine and a southwest breeze couple to boost temperatures over 50 degrees on Friday – a one day reprieve from the cold as an incoming arctic cold front Friday afternoon ignites some snow squalls in northern New England. It may also deliver a refreshed northerly wind with a new installment of chilly air for all of the region Friday night into Saturday.
Though Saturday will see ample sunshine regionwide, highs in the 30s coupled with a busy northerly wind will mean wind chill values in the 20s at the warmest time of the day. It’s not as cold as Wednesday, but it’s also not terribly far off.
Meanwhile, a potent storm will shift from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Seaboard this weekend. It will deliver lashing rain, whipping wind and major coastal flood potential to the Mid-Atlantic states and raise our antenna here in New England.
The storm is expected to migrate north late this weekend into early next week, raising the potential for some snow and rain here at home from late Sunday or Sunday evening into Monday. Perhaps another system – more likely to be predominantly raindrops – may occur late Tuesday into Wednesday.
We’re still hoping to find at least a milder week next week than we had this past week in our exclusive First Alert 10-Day Forecast.