High-pressure south of us allowed the wind to relax Thursday night, and with the mostly clear sky and dry air, we experienced radiational cooling.
Temperatures start our Friday in the 30s in the cities, 20s in the rural areas, with a few spots in the 10s. With sunshine, we should warm up quickly. The wind is shifting around from the southwest gusting past 30 mph late in the day, pushing the temperature up to near 60 degrees in southern New England.
A warm front in northern Maine may generate a little dusting of snow north of Baxter State Park first thing in the morning and then clear. It won't be anywhere near as cold Friday night, with temperatures holding in the 30s north and 40s to nearly 50 degrees south to start off Saturday.
A strong low-pressure system in southeastern Canada will help temperatures jump to the lower 60s in southern New England with gusty winds from the south Saturday afternoon.
There may be a few scattered showers but it looks mostly dry. Another gusty front will come in during the afternoon and once again we may experience wind speeds greater than 40 mph for a time. Rain showers may change to snow showers in the mountains, otherwise clearing and cooler by Sunday morning.
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Sunday may feature a few snow showers in the mountains. Otherwise, it will be a bright and brisk day with temperatures in the 40s. Two ski areas now open this weekend are Killington Vermont and Sunday River. We may add to that list thanks to this cold outbreak.
The summit of Mount Washington got down to 6 degrees, wind gusted past 90 mph, with 5 inches of snow. The cooler and rather dry pattern should continue into next week with no big storms in sight.