We’re springing forward overnight tonight in terms of the clocks, but not necessarily with the weather just yet.
With Daylight Saving Time beginning overnight at 2 a.m., we lose an hour, but we gain some extra minutes for the sunset (around 7 p.m.).
As for temperatures overnight, expect lows to slip into the mid-20s north and west, and near 30 closest to the coast as skies partially clear south, a few lingering snow showers and a few clouds remain in the higher terrain of northern VT and NH.
The wind finally settles Sunday with a few more breaks of sunshine with highs into the low to mid 40s.
Similar to Sunday, Monday remains mostly quiet, before more clouds stroll in by the early evening, on the leading edge of our next system.
Just as many are getting back to normalcy after the last two nor’easters that battered New England’s coast, and brought heavy, wet snow farther inland causing downed trees and power outages for days, we see a brief break before our next possible nor’easter that skirts by Monday evening into Tuesday.
Yes, another nor’easter, the third nor’easter of March, is setting its sights on the waters of New England for late Monday and early Tuesday.
Thankfully, the timing of this third nor’easter is not paired with the astronomical high tides that brought historic level flooding to parts of the North and South Shore.
This time the main concern will be where the rain/snow line meets up and the track of the storm. Now, depending on that final track, some of the latest model runs have brought the system closer to the coast.
If this were to happen, that would mean heavy, wet, plowable snow for most of southern New England, including the Cape & Islands. However, if the track is farther out to sea, that would give less snow amounts and more mixing of rain/snow at the immediate coast.
Either way, we’ll still be dealing with snow showers into Wednesday afternoon across northern New England.
Coastal flooding looks low in terms of impact since this next nor’easter is not matching up with the astronomical high tides, but with the onshore wind, we may still see additional coastal erosion.
The end of the work week turns much more tranquil as the system exits and a big ridge sets up over the entire eastern seaboard, giving us a brief warm-up for St. Patrick’s Day weekend with highs near 50.
We could see a few rain showers, but at this point, the festive holiday weekend does not look to be a washout.