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Stormy period starts tomorrow, major snow for skiers

Posted by David Epstein  December 15, 2012 05:06 PM

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In an ideal world it snows in the mountains and rains at the coast. That is what many of us think about winter. Most meteorologist love big snowstorms and I am one of them, but the older I get the less I enjoy them living here in the 'burbs. This evening, as I am evaluating the forecast for the next week I am happy to see it might be too warm for any of the precipitation to fall as snow here in Southern New England, while folks across ski country may be measuring their snowfall in feet by the end of next week. Yes it's winter and it's suppose to snow, but with everything so many people have to do before Christmas it will certainly be easier to get around with wet road rather than huge snowbanks.
I'll be updating more on the storms via Twitter at @growingwisdom

Sunday, storm one
Much of the morning Sunday will be dry. I do expect precipitation to break out in the afternoon in the form of snow and mixed rain and snow. The precipitation will slowly change to rain during the course of the late afternoon and evening. The change will occur first at the coast and then move inland From Route 495 and Route 2 northward.southern new england.png Near the New Hampshire border the precipitation will remain in frozen form longer and therefore across those areas there will be some accumulation and slippery roads. The areas that do see snow may have some issues for the morning commute Monday. This is not going to be a big snow maker at all and I don't expect travel to be impacted significantly.

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Monday-Friday, storms two and three
Monday, the first round of precipitation will be moving northward and we will get into a bit of a lull. This lull lasts through the Monday evening commute before more rain and some wind move into the region. We could see heavy rain overnight Monday and into early Tuesday. During the day Tuesday the rain will become more showery in nature and will continue that way into early Wednesday.
I then expect another break later Wednesday into Thursday before the third system influences our weather late next week. Again, track, amount of cold air and strength of the storm will all determine how this third and final storm before Christmas will affect New England. Right now, it looks too warm in southern areas to see any snow with storm number 3, but it could be a very snowy period for the ski areas of the north.

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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