Considering what’s happening in the middle of the nation, a severe storm producing blizzard conditions, and a tornado outbreak traversing the midsection of the country from New Mexico to Minnesota, the weather here in New England is quite tranquil in comparison.
It was cold Monday night, with temperatures getting down to the single numbers north, teens and 20s south. A few spots of frost and black ice will melt off quickly Wednesday morning.
We have a beautiful sunny morning before clouds increase. There is a warm front coming at us from Ontario in New York that will bring in thicker clouds and a little bit of snow this evening in Vermont.
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An area of light snow, and/or rain, will traverse northwest to southeast from Vermont to eastern Massachusetts overnight. But the temperature should be just warm enough that most roads are more wet than white. The exception is higher elevations in the state of Vermont, where road crews may be deployed.
Thursday, we start off with clouds with a warm front right over us, temperatures in the 20s north and east, to 30s and near 40 degrees south and west.
It becomes windier Thursday, from the south gusting past 30 mph by afternoon, pushing the temperature up to near 50 or 55 degrees. There’ll be sunny breaks, but also the chance of a shower.
Temperatures stay well above freezing Thursday night, so we will have slow melting of the deep snow pack. Even before rain arrives on Friday, we should have puddles around from that melting snow.
Temperatures hold in the 40s Thursday night, and then rise to near 60 degrees Friday. The storm center from the west passes across Lake Superior late Friday, it’s far enough away to prevent a lot of damaging wind. However, we may have some spotty damage with gusts past 45 mph and also a period of rain with a possible downpour, mostly less than a half inch of rain.
The temperature then begins to fall with cold air coming in Friday night. So the melting snow in the mountains will freeze up again during the day Saturday.
As a matter fact, the mountains of Vermont and northern New Hampshire may pick up a few inches of snow Saturday and Saturday night, even while the sun is out during the day, with temperatures near 50 degrees in southern and eastern New England.
Seasonable high-pressure is ours for St. Patrick’s Day Sunday with more sun than clouds and a high temperature near 40 degrees. Chilly, but nice for the parades.
A weak low pressure system races in Sunday night and Monday with a possible coating of light snow in southern and western New England. Tuesday looks like it may be a little bit colder but also bright, high temperature in the low 40s.
There may be another significant storm next week, this time forming off the east coast of the United States about the time of our Vernal Equinox on Wednesday.
At this point, it looks like most of the action may stay out at sea, but it definitely bears watching. There’s also a full moon, so tides will be running strong, and we are on the cold side of the front so if we were to get any precipitation it could be snow. Stay informed with our First Alert 10-Day Forecast