Dry, Cool High Pressure Keeps Sunshine in New England
Week Starts Mild...Set to Turn Unsettled

Not Overly Concerned About Nearby Weekend Storm

LKN_ACCUMS_NEWENG_NBCU_ACTIVE (1)Thursday is day two in a three-day stretch of quiet weather for New England, though really, this winter has redefined quiet…these few days are featuring dry weather and light wind, but no major storms are in the offing over the next several days.  For now, high pressure – a fair weather cell – is firmly in charge of the Northeast, and while that dome of fair weather comes with Canadian air holding high temperatures in the middle 30s Thursday and around 40 Friday, the dry nature of the air means ample sunshine, mixed with wispy clouds at times, and quiet wind.  Nighttime lows drop into the teens and 20s for much of New England again Thursday night, even beneath a period of passing clouds, but a slight wind from the southwest Friday will couple with sunshine to bump temperatures to around 40.  We’ve been updating you all week on the storm that will develop Friday near the Gulf Coast and cross the Eastern Seaboard Saturday and our First Alert Weather Team continues the thought we’ve shared all week: this event will have little fanfare for New England.  In fact, most of New England will sit between the storm to our south Saturday, and a separate energetic disturbance aloft, crossing Northern New England.  In the Northern Mountains, scattered snow showers are likely from the latter, while the former may interact with the northern disturbance just enough to fill some rain and snow showers in across Southern and particularly Southeastern New England later Saturday into Saturday evening.  Even if snow and rain showers do crop up later Saturday in Southeast New England, it’s unlikely they’d amount to anything more than a coating to less than an inch of snow on grass, and the Cape would likely be mild enough for raindrops.  Regardless, both the southern and northern disturbances are gone Sunday for a blend of sun and clouds with highs in the 40s ahead of perhaps some brief overnight snow showers Sunday night.  Early next week looks mild – as in, 50s mild – as the country sets up for a strong clash between eastern warmth and western chill.  In between the two contrasting airmasses will be a developing storm, poised to strengthen as it feeds off a combination of Pacific and Gulf moisture, a clash of warm and cold air, and an active jet stream wind aloft.  This storm should move toward New England by week’s end, with the storm track making all the difference between a warm, windy, wet storm, or a snowstorm – that storm track is something we’ll be working out in our exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.

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