Tuesday’s messy start of snow and sleet north, freezing rain and rain south, caused a rash of morning vehicle crashes before temperatures warmed in Southern New England and precipitation ended from west to east, regionwide. Last to see the wintry mix exit is Central and Eastern Maine Tuesday afternoon and while New England sees only a few isolated showers in the second half of the day Tuesday, we may be hard-pressed to find quick drying on the region’s roadways and that becomes important Tuesday night. A cold front will cross New England late Tuesday evening, between 9 PM and midnight, opening the door to west and northwest wind gusts to 35 mph and a flow of cold air that will send overnight temperatures into the 20s east and 10s west. Any moisture that remains on roadways will freeze into areas of black ice, particularly after midnight into early Wednesday morning. A fair sky Wednesday will take care of any slick spots on treated roads but temperatures won’t exceed 30 degrees in Southern New England or twenty in the North County, with a steady northwest breeze holding wind chill values in the teens and single digits, respectively, at the warmest time of day. This cold air becomes an important player by Thursday, as a strengthening storm out of the Southern Plains reaches the Eastern Seaboard and draws north. Capturing both Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic moisture, the storm center will spread its moisture northward into New England on Thursday, colliding with the cold air in place and creating a broad swath of snow developing from south to north, Thursday late morning to late day, respectively. With enough cold air to keep at least the start of the storm snow for all of New England – and perhaps most of the storm as snow for the interior – even spots like the South Coast, Cape Cod and the Islands may see enough snow to plow at the onset. Our exclusive, built-in-house NBC Forecast System is predicting a broad 6-12” for much of New England by the time the storm exits Friday, and our First Alert Team of meteorologists sees no reason to doubt that estimate. We do think the storm will pull away Friday – perhaps after the morning hours – and give way to a cool but fair weekend for New Englanders to, yet again, push around and clean up snow. Another disturbance is forecast by our team to cross New England on Monday, and while it doesn’t look to be quite as potent or quite as moisture-laden, it still brings a chance for rain and accumulating snow to New England before a few quiet days around the middle of next week.