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Snow to miss nearly all of New England

Posted by David Epstein  February 13, 2013 08:32 AM

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You may have heard about some potential snow tonight from another coastal storm. The good news folks, if you don't want more snow, is the storm isn't going to hit us. All indications are, as the storm passes out to sea overnight and early Thursday, the snow shield will try to move north, but will be mostly unsuccessful.I'd love to hear from you. Please find me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and send me a question.

Tonight, areas to the south of Boston and towards Cape Cod could see a dusting to up to 2" of snow. The southern suburbs of Boston could also see a few snow showers and you might have to brush your windshield Thursday morning. However, I could just as easily see no one north of Plymouth receiving even a flake. The bottom line, this is a non-event.
Once the clouds clear later tomorrow, sunshine will prevail and temperatures will once again rise into the lower 40s. Friday, we will lose some of the sunshine, but gain several degrees in temperature. As a matter of fact, a few spots will make a run at 50°F and this means quite a bit more melting of the deep snow-pack.
Saturday is a transitional day. A cold front will pass through the area and may bring a rain or snow shower in the morning. Skies will be partly sunny and temperatures still near 40F in the afternoon. Our weather the rest of the weekend will be dry, but much colder. Highs on Sunday, even with sunshine, will not crack the freezing mark. After the mild weather of the end of this week, Sunday will feel downright wintry. Additionally, the melting snow will refreeze solid.

Today marks the first time since late fall that we have over 10 hours and 30 minutes of daylight. The sun is rapidly growing stronger and higher in the sky. In the chart below, notice how fast we gain light each day. Also, it's interesting that the sun, at noon, will be another 2 degrees higher in just the next week. By June, that number is at a whopping 71° high. What may be counter-intuitive is that the sun is also growing further away each day. The warmer weather doesn't from the sun getting close, just shining more directly upon us and more of it.

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I'd love to hear from you. Please find me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and send me a question.


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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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