What to Know
Wednesday: Sun to clouds. Highs in the 30s.
Overnight Wednesday Night: Sleet, freezing rain and rain for many, snow to mix Northern New England. Lows around 30.
Thursday: Early AM icy spots, otherwise scattered rain showers, mix Northern New England. Highs in the 30s.
A weak storm system will cross New England Wednesday night, delivering mixed precipitation to the area. The incoming storm is feeding off a temperature contrast with air in the 60s to the south of its track, contrasted with air in the single digits to its north.
New England will fall squarely between these two air masses, and therefore, right under the storm track. Being under the storm track means snow will be confined to the north of the path while rain will be confined south, and most of us find something in between.
After the sun fades behind thickening clouds Wednesday afternoon, evening rain and freezing rain showers will expand from west to east between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively. Freezing rain is expected to be confined to inland areas, owing to a gentle southeast wind blowing off the relatively mild ocean water.
Although there won’t be much falling from the sky after 2 or 3 a.m. Thursday, the morning commute still will feature slick spots off the highly-treated interstates thanks to pockets of subfreezing air that will remain stubborn until the air begins warming after daybreak.
In Northern New England, where 3-to-6-inches of Maine mountain snow and a couple of inches of New Hampshire and northern Vermont mountain snow will fall Wednesday night, scattered freezing rain showers will persist on Thursday.
A round of rain Thursday night will usher in a blast of milder air Friday, with more scattered showers, before chilly and dry air settles in for the weekend.
The early to middle part of next week brings a few disturbances near New England, with one chance of snow Monday. However, the storm may miss our south – and another chance of a wintry mix transitioning to rain Tuesday into Wednesday, with seasonable temperatures at the end of our exclusive First Alert 10-day.