Widespread freezing rain continued to create slick travel across much of the region on Saturday, although temperatures slowly warmed for areas south of Boston.
The weather conditions also left many without electricity. More than 20,000 customers were without power in New England as of Saturday night.
Stubborn cold air lingered in Central and Northeastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and parts of Maine for much of the afternoon, resulting in continued icy conditions in those areas. Farther south, highs approached 50 degrees on Cape Cod with a gusty wind allowing for plain rain.
Meanwhile, snow fell in far Northern Maine and accumulated several inches. The mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire, while seeing a wintry mix during the day, also ended as a burst of snow allowing for a few fresh inches of snow there.
Sunday will be pleasant with a mixture of sun and clouds. That’s a great travel day.
Our next storm arrives during the pre-dawn hours of Christmas. Snow will fall north and west of Boston, with a rain/snow line setting up close to the city. Rain is likely farther south and east to start.
As the storm intensifies, some snow will fall heavily at times from Central Massachusetts into Metro-West, and into Southern New Hampshire during the late morning. As the storm exits Southern New England during the afternoon, even the coast will end as a quick shot at snow.
The snow will last longest, through the afternoon, in Maine.
For now we’re expecting a dusting - 1” south and east of Boston, with 1-3” from the city into much of Connecticut and Northwestern Rhode Island. 3-6” is expected from the hills of Northwest Connecticut into Worcester County, and for the suburbs just outside of Boston.
A widespread 6-9” is expected from the Massachusetts state border with Vermont and New Hampshire, into Northern New England, with 9-12”+ for parts of Central and Eastern Maine.
Sharply colder air arrives for the week between Christmas and the start of the New Year.