With wind chill values hard-pressed to exceed 15 degrees above zero, Thursday marks the last day of truly deep, exceptional cold in New England for this stint with Canadian air.
Though the air is very dry – prompting dry skin, chapped lips and accentuating the need for hydration – an energetic disturbance aloft may succeed in generating just a few afternoon and early evening snow showers.
No more than a scattered coating of snow accumulation is expected Thursday afternoon and early evening before clearing sky, but this may result in a few spots of black ice in the communities that do see a little snow.
Friday likely dawns with sun, but clouds will increase on the north side of a storm system that will mostly miss the south of New England, save for some South Coast flurries that may fall overnight Friday night.
Our First Alert weather team has little doubt Saturday will be the pick of the weekend, with sunshine and highs around 40 and 30s north, ahead of the next storm Sunday.
A burst of snow and mix is expected to develop Sunday morning with little accumulation in the metropolitan areas of southern New England before slowly rising temperatures into the 40s ensure a change to rain. Snow should continue accumulating in Northern New England Sunday.
Next week starts breezy but not too chilly on Monday, just ahead of a two-day shot of cool air that won’t hold a candle to the cold we’ve just experienced. This slight chill will be serving as the last hurdle before we reach high temperatures in the 50s by late next week in the exclusive First Alert 10-day –
Even if that milder air does come with an increased chance of showers, I’d say most of us will be happy with the change!