This past weekend brought the first real snow storm of the year to many New England communities, and now we have another on the way for Tuesday.
Ahead of the storm, clouds will increase Monday night and winds will start to turn out of the southeast. Lows will mainly be in the 20s and 30s, excluding Maine, where clear skies hold on longer and it gets colder as a result.
Precipitation on Tuesday will break out from west to east. Snow will start during the morning commute first in western Massachusetts, the hills of northwest Connecticut and in Vermont.
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Over the course of the commute, it will spread into parts of central Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and western Maine. Near the coast, rain will fall, with perhaps just a few wet flakes here or there. It will be a slower than normal morning commute for many along and outside of Interstate 495.
The rain/snow line will slowly creep north during the day. Accumulations will mainly be on the order of a dusting to 2 inches for the hills of northwest Connecticut, parts of central Massachusetts, far southern New Hampshire, and along the immediate Maine coast.
Totals will ramp up in far western and northern New England. Many in those spots will see more like 3 to 6 inches of snow, with nearly 8 inches in the ski resorts and mountains.
The storm winds down late Tuesday, and very cold air rushes in on Wednesday, with a few more snow showers and squalls.
The cold air, keeping highs only in the 20s and 30s, stays locked in place through Friday.