We’ll have one more day of gray skies and drab weather for most of New England before sunshine returns.
Wednesday morning dawned with drizzle, clouds, areas of fog and mountain bursts of snow, except morning sunshine over a foot-deep snowpack in northern Maine.
A snowy northern Maine should be among the only New England recipients of sunshine Wednesday, as abundant atmospheric energy aloft teams with heaps of moist air already in place to create clusters of rain and snow showers and bursts off and on through the day.
For most, temperatures safely above freezing means the snow is little more than a touch of wintry ambiance, save for some accumulations of a coating on the grass, or an inch or two on the old snow in northern and western New England.
With a combination of rain and snow showers converging to a shield of steady light rain and snow during the afternoon, it will last into the evening for most of eastern and northern New England. This will leave roads wet overnight.
Skies are expected to clear and temperatures are expected to fall after midnight, leading to pockets of black ice by early Thursday morning. Otherwise, the clearing trend will be much appreciated by sun-starved New Englanders who find a return to a blue sky Thursday. Temperatures will respond to the increased sun by rising to near 50 degrees!
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In this active weather pattern, we don’t get much of a break between systems. Friday will bring our next disturbance, but an increasing southwest wind ahead of the system will allow temperatures to bump well into the 50s, 40s north, even with lots of clouds and a few showers from time to time.
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A cold front attendant to the passing storm system will knock temperatures back down Saturday, but dry air will mean sunshine and the pick of the weekend.
Sunday looks unsettled. We’re unsure of the exact storm track, so precise rain/snow line details and timing are to be determined, but chances are good that it will be the worse of the two weekend days.
Farther out in the exclusive First Alert 10-Day Forecast, we’ve already declared a First Alert for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving due to expected rain and possible wind on a busy travel day/evening. We’ll keep you posted as we draw closer.