After a general two to five inch snowfall, snowflakes really don’t want to quit over most of New England today – the product of energy aloft and moisture in the air.
Even as light snow continues through the day, however, accumulations will be very slight in Southern New England on top of the snow that fell overnight into the early morning, and amount only to about one or two inches in Northern New England.
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Of course, the continued presence of moisture on the roads means that when skies clear and temperatures fall with an increasing northwest wind Monday night, black ice will inevitably develop on roads and sidewalks. Snow not cleared from driveways and walkways will freeze in place.
With highs struggling to reach 30 degrees Tuesday and wind chill values starting near zero and never recovering beyond the teens, not only will melting be hard to come by but a blustery mid-winter feeling will persist.
Even by Wednesday, cold air is unlikely to relent though the day will stay dry until the next storm approaches Wednesday night into Thursday.
When the next storm first arrives Wednesday night, enough cold air will still be in place for snow to break out, but by Thursday, milder air takes over like so many other storms this year, driving a mix and rain line north across Southern and into Central New England after perhaps a one to three inch snowfall south and slightly more north.
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Rain showers Thursday will likely be accompanied by mild air as temperatures spring into the 40s and while we expect some drying to start the weekend, another system of mix to rain is possible Saturday night through Sunday of next weekend in our exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.