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Sleet and Freezing Rain Developing Soon in New England

We call it The Montreal Express - when the air rushes in from southeastern Canada -- and temperatures plummet in New England. That is what happened overnight.

Anywhere there was slush is now frozen Wednesday morning. Even in southern New England where we had more than an inch of rain, the ground is so saturated and wet, that some of the side roads and sidewalks are now icy to start off our Wednesday.

Temperatures start out the day in the 10s north and 20s to low 30s south. Wednesday's weather is bright and blustery.

Low pressure that generated the latest wintry mix, tracked along the Gulf of Maine Tuesday, and now is a powerhouse storm over southeastern Canada.

So powerful that the wind in New England gusts at more than 40 mph from the northwest Wednesday, holding our temperature in the 20s north and 30s south even with sunshine.

Strengthening high-pressure moves in Wednesday night. With a clear sky in later wind, the temperature in northern Maine will fall to 0 degrees for the first time this season. Southern New England bottoms out in the 10s and 20s.

Thursday starts off sunny. Another storm system approaching from the Gulf of Mexico will push clouds in during the afternoon. High temperatures once again only in the 20s and 30s. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain all will develop from south to north at night.

Wind will increase out of the northeast, and we are in for a serious winter storm here first thing Friday. Wind from the northeast may gust past 45 mph near the coast. With the water temperature in the lower 50s, coastal areas will see a change to plain rain.

But inland it’s a different story. It will be warmer up in the sky than down near the ground, so parts of southern New England may be raining with a temperature in the 20s to start Friday.

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Any wintry mix may change back to snow before ending late Friday. And then it is icy Friday night and early Saturday.

A warm front to our north on Saturday means we may be able to get back to the 40s in southern New England. But that front will slip south again Sunday, with a mixture of rain and snow showers possible.

The forecast for next week is nearly impossible as that front will be stalled over us, but it looks like more cold than anything, and the possibility of some more snow or mix right into Thanksgiving.

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