Stormy Weather Still On The Way
Posted by Chris Lambert
High temps made it into the upper 40s this afternoon, thanks to all that sunshine. A bit of a breeze made it feel a bit cooler, but overall it was nice weather for the middle of December.
Sunshine continues on Saturday as the first half of the weekend is dry, but also colder, with highs in the upper 30s.
That colder weather that settles in over the first half of the weekend, sets the stage for some wintry weather that works for the second half of the weekend.
Sunday starts off cloudy, but dry, with morning temps running in the 20s. As moisture arrives from our west, flurries and light snow breaks out early to mid afternoon, and steadier precipitation works in during the evening. As steady precipitation moves in, an east wind increases, changing snow to mixed sleet/rain to just plain rain. First locations to see that changeover will be near the coast, last locations... west of 495. Towns across northern Worcester County and southern New Hampshire will stay mainly snow/sleet.
In terms of snow totals, I expect a coating to an inch of snow from Boston to I-495 with the better chance for an inch, out near I-495. 1-3" across the Merrimack Valley, along 495, and through most of Worcester County, north of the Mass Pike. In northern Worcester County, near the NH border, and through much of New Hampshire, west of Nashua, I expect 3-5" with locally higher amounts in the mountains. (For more detail, check the "special map" section on our web site) For the Pats game... any slushy coating of snow starts melting away as snow turns to rain and temps hover in the middle to upper 30s.
Monday looks raw with leftover showers and drizzle with temps in the upper 30s to 40.
Round 2 makes it's way in here Tuesday, into Wednesday. This storm will be more powerful, but signs are trending to a warmer track, which means more rain on Tuesday with heavy snow deep inland across northern New England, Upstate NY and PA. As the storm drifts east, rain may change back to snow late Tuesday night/Wednesday, but at that point, most of the precip is done falling. Being 5 days out, the track could change of course, but right now looking more wet than white.