This morning's storm was born on the dividing line between cold air to the north and warm air to the south. This frontal boundary is going to be the focus for another storm Thursday night and Friday which will clip the Cape with several inches of snow. Before we get to Friday's storm we have to clear away the precipitation this afternoon. As you may have noticed the snow has mostly stopped and now we have light freezing drizzle, snow or even rain. The trend will be for all of this to end for the rest of the afternoon and towards dark. Next week, the coldest air of the winter moves in to the northeast. I am not expecting record cold at this time but, in a winter that has been quite tame, it will be a shock for many of you.
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This morning we find rain falling over the cape and snow inland. Between the two there is a mixture of snow, sleet and rain. The rain snow-line has not moved north and will never reach Boston. I do expect the city to end up with accumulations of a few inches before the snow stops or ends as drizzle. Areas over the south shore will see less accumulation as the mix with rain will keep amounts down and the snow is wetter and therefore more compact. Inland, folks will generally see 3-5 inches of snow with a few spots getting up to 6 inches but that would be the exception.
Thursday and beyond
Tomorrow will be a great day with temperatures back near 40 and a blend of clouds and sunshine. More melting will occur of the fresh snow in the afternoon tomorrow. By Friday, temperatures fall and give us a one day cold snap. At the same time it turns colder a storm will ride out to sea south of New England. The northern extent of the snow from this storm will reach Cape Cod and perhaps even Boston. However, the accumulating snow will be confined to the south. Areas over the Cape will see 2-5" of snow with the most over southern areas. More on this storm tomorrow. Afternoon highs will be remaining in the 20s to near 32F Friday and that is a taste of our weather next week.
Before we get to next week's cold, we have the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will see a return to mild air. Temperatures will be in the lower 40s in southern New England and 30s to the north. Even ski country will not be very cold. However, a strong arctic front will move in Sunday evening and this will plummet temperatures to their coldest readings of the season thus far for some of next week. M.L.King day will be very blustery and cold and if you are skiing it will be a "wear your warmest hat" kind of day. Temperatures Tuesday will not get out of the teens in many areas and if they do, it would be brief.
Gardening this week
I have a new video to show you this week on moving a tree. You might think big deal, right? However, the tree that got moved was done so without hurting any roots. They used something called an air tool to blow the dirt away and then lift the tree to its new home. Check it out.
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