Chilly, Cloudy Evening Ahead of Rain and Snowflakes for Some Thursday

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We managed to thin out the morning clouds enough for a glimpse of the moonrise at about 8:30 this evening.

But there are new clouds on the way, associated with a storm just getting it's act together to our west. We are chilly overnight with some patchy frost north and east, but we are dry through sunrise, low in the 20s north and 30s to 40s south.

After a quiet overnight, Thursday will dawn with rapidly thickening clouds as the next disturbance approaches New England in the jet stream winds, and rain will develop in western New England by Thursday mid-morning.

As precipitation quickly expands east Thursday late morning, the air in the mountains of northern New England will be cold enough to support snow, instead, while winds increase for southern New England from the southeast and south, pushing temperatures there into the 50s.

The result of this kind of cold/warm clash will only fuel the ongoing rain and downpours, likely breeding some thunderstorms in southern New England where a storm with damaging wind gusts and hailstones, given the already fast wind won't be out of the question in southeast Massachusetts.

Farther north, snow will expand out of the mountains later Thursday and particularly by Thursday evening and night, when a heavy, wet, pasty snow will accumulate from Northern New Hampshire to interior Maine with around a foot of snow possible in the Maine mountains.

Even in areas along and north of the Maine Turnpike, from Augusta to Bangor northward, four or more inches of wet snow raises the likelihood for a swath of power outages, particularly when coupled with a gusty wind.

The wind won't just be gusty but could be downright fierce from Penobscot Bay, Downeast, where gusts to 60 mph will take already-high tidal levels from this week's Supermoon and push them high enough for areas of coastal flooding.

Minor coastal flooding is anticipated along all of New England's vulnerable spots for four tide cycles from Wednesday midday through overnight Thursday night, regardless, thanks to that higher level driven by the moon.

The big storm ships out Friday, leaving mountain snow showers, a rain shower or sprinkle at times amidst breaks of sun elsewhere, and a busy wind for all.

The weekend looks excellent: high temperatures generally in the 50s and dry weather with sun.

A strong storm comes calling, however, on Monday consisting of strong energy aloft, deep moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and driven by the jet stream winds aloft. This storm has the potential to deposit two to four inches of rain, depending on how it comes together.

Behind it, a few more showers are possible around midweek with drying toward the end of our exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.

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