After a bright and mild Friday, a powerful cold front blasted into northern New England last night with some blinding snow squalls, which dissipated before reaching Central New England around midnight. This front is now pushing south of New England with a new batch of dry cold air from Canada pushing in today.
It’s winter jacket and scarf weather early in the day, even though the sun is shining. Temperatures are in the single numbers and teens north, 20s south.
Wind from the north is gusting past 25 mph making an even colder windchill factor.
Under a blue sky this afternoon we should warm back to about 20 to 25 degrees north, and 30 to 35 degrees south. Wind will diminish to 10 to 20 mph during the afternoon.
Strong high pressure is right over our head tonight, that means the air will be calm under a clear sky, and with dry air we expect radiational cooling with temperatures near zero degrees in the north where there is snow on the ground, to about 20 degrees at the south coast.
High pressure moves to our east on Sunday meaning the wind will come from the east with clouds coming in off the ocean. There is a powerful storm battering the middle Atlantic states tomorrow, that will slowly move in our direction tomorrow night. Under a cloudy sky, high temperatures tomorrow will be in the 30s in southern New England; it will be brighter in the north with temperatures close to 32 degrees.
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Rain and freezing rain are likely to develop tomorrow night and continue to Monday. Away from the coast, temperatures will have a tough time getting above 32 degrees, at the shore we will be in the 40s with just plain rain. Gradually upper levels of the atmosphere should warm during the day on Monday, allowing freezing rain to change to rain. At the coast we may have wind gusting past 40 mph with possible minor coastal flooding and coastal erosion with the high tide after midnight tomorrow night and mid afternoon Monday.
The storm will gradually weaken and pull out Tuesday, but clouds will linger with a chance of some patchy rain, and even some freezing rain left in some of the coldest spots in central and northern New England. We should have a lull in systems on Wednesday, with clouds and sun mixed and temperatures in the 40s.
Then another weather system will move into New England Thursday with a chance of rain, or rain or snow north later Thursday and Friday with temperatures in the 40s south and 30s north. Next weekend may dry out with seasonable temperatures.
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