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Turning milder for the weekend with a wet finish

Posted by David Epstein  December 27, 2013 10:00 AM

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It's amazing how a couple of hours of snow and cold roads can combine to make driving very difficult. Temperatures yesterday afternoon where in the range where it's was cold enough to snow, but close enough to freezing so the snow stuck to the surface of the pavement and created a quick layer of ice. If you were driving around the area yesterday around 3PM you know side streets had become somewhat treacherous.

Today will be a bright and sunny day and with a bit of fresh snow, you will need your sunglasses to protect from the glare. It will still be chilly, but get above freezing for a short time during midday.

There could be some icy patches leftover from yesterday's snow showers, so take caution this morning.

Dry and seasonable weather will take us into the weekend as temperatures moderate to the 40s both Saturday and Sunday. My pick for the weekend this week is Saturday as there is no chance of rain or snow and there will be a blend of clouds and sunshine. The dry weather continues into Sunday, but there is a risk for rain by day's end.

If you are planning to be outside this weekend, the warmest part of the day will be from 11 AM until 2PM. These will be the hours many of you see the mercury break that 40F mark. I expect more of the remaining snow to melt over the weekend if you still have some in your yard.

On the weather maps, high pressure is going to keep any storms from affecting the area through most of the weekend. A nor'easter will hug the coast late Sunday and early Monday, but without any cold air in place, rain, not snow is in the forecast. The storm will originate in the Gulf of Mexico, so it has a lot of moisture. The quick speed of the storm will prevent any flooding issues.
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I'll be updating the forecast as it changes here and on Twitter @growingwisdom

It never ceases to amaze me we can be frigid for days before and after a storm, but if the cold air doesn't stick around during the event, we end up wet not white. There have been winters in the past where the storm track was stuck in such a position so coastal areas saw rain while the mountains received snow. With our Sunday storm, the mountains of Northern New England should see at least six inches of snow, which is good timing for those skiers vacationing there.

The storm will bring gusty winds Sunday night and early Monday, I am not expecting winds to be strong enough to cause power issues. As the storm pulls away Monday, much colder air will filter into the region. By Tuesday morning a hard freeze will take place and the subfreezing weather is going to last for many days.

I'll write more about New Year's Eve over the weekend, but it's going to be a cold First Night. I expect many areas to see temperatures a few degrees either side of 12F around midnight. This shouldn't discourage you from enjoying the events, but let you know you'll need to dress you and the kids properly. I always throw hand and feet warmers in my gloves and shoes for skiing and they will be a great thing to have for First Night this year. The ice sculptures certainly won't melt either. Roads will be dry and I am not expecting anything other than clear starry skies to usher in 2014.

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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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