Fresh Arctic Blast This Weekend Sets Stage for Monday Storm
As Raindrops Turn to Snowflakes, Cold Air Rushes Back Into New England

Powerful Storm a Quick Hitter for New England

LKS_BOARD_WIND_GUSTS_BOSDMA (1)The powerful storm blasting New England Monday continues to truck along to the northeast, and will shift the wind from damaging gusts out of the east and southeast to fresh but non-damaging southwest winds as cold air wraps around the belly of the storm and returns to New England.  Though may inland communities picked up four to eight inches of heavy, wet, Monday morning snow with as much as nearly a foot in some highest totals in mountainous terrain, areas closer to the coast saw only a little snow before ocean warmth surged in from the coast and changed precipitation to rain, bumping temperatures to near 50 degrees.  The colder air returning late Monday into Monday night will cause some slick spots where lingering moisture freezes on untreated roadways, though the descent below freezing won’t be sudden, but instead a gradual decline on a chilly breeze.  By Tuesday, the new air will be chilly but dry, affording plenty of sunshine even though temperatures will struggle to get beyond 30 degrees and the wind chill will hover around 20 at the warmest time of the day.  The rest of the week features fairly benign weather, overall, but swings in temperature will come day to day with the passage of weak disturbances – one delivering clouds with Northern New England snow showers Wednesday as temperatures surpass 40 degrees in Southern New England Wednesday afternoon, then another dragging a cold front across New England overnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning with rain showers ending as snowflakes and ushering in another shot of chilly air that will only strengthen as we slide into Friday and the weekend.  It’s this weekend when we find our next chance of snow: far from guaranteed but worth of watching as the aforementioned cold front stalls south of New England, over the Atlantic waters, and funnels multiple storm centers along it.  With New England on the north side of these storms, we’d be on the snowy side if the storms come close enough to spread precipitation into New England, but that’s the important question this far out: will the storms come close enough for an impact?  For now, we maintain a chance of snow later Saturday into Sunday, hinging upon how these storms come together, with seasonable January air lingering into next week in the exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.

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