Cold air Monday, bright Election Day, nor’easter Thursday

Happy November. This is often a transitional month into winter. Most years we end up with our first snow this month. The city of Boston will have its first freeze and by the end of the month the leaves will have fallen off all but the most stubborn of trees. This weekend certainly feels like November. Bright sunshine will be the rule today with a few passing clouds. A reinforcing shot of cold air moves in for Monday. If you are outside you will need a hat, sweater and gloves. Tuesday the chill will continue as temperatures remain in the 40s during the day and 20s and 30s at night. By midweek a new storm will approach moving up the coastline as a nor’easter. Do you have a weather question? No matter where you are located I would love to hear from you. Find me on Twitter at @growingwisdom I give lots of inside weather information and gardening tips


A frost advisory is in affect for Boston overnight tonight. The city itself hasn’t had a frost or freeze yet and tonight will be the first for many. If you still have tender plants outside you should bring them in. In the suburbs, temperatures will fall into the 20s and a hard freeze will be evident by morning.
Monday will be a bright and crisp day with highs only in the 40s. This time of the year we often have temperatures in the 50s so you will notice the chill. Winds will at least light so there will not a be a wind chill.
Monday night will be the coldest night of the fall season so far. Temperatures should be under freezing across the entire region. Election Day features cool dry weather with brilliant sunshine and light winds. Weather will not be an excuse to stay away from the polls.


This time of year is when coastal storms become more common. We have another typical November nor’easter on the way for later Wednesday through late Thursday. Right now it looks like a windy rain storm with the strongest winds along the coast, especially Cape Cod and the Islands.


As with any coastal storm scattered power outages are possible. The one thing that might elevate that number slightly are any trees that were damaged in Sandy. Sometimes branches hang over wires and then the next storm brings them down. Snow is possible with this storm, mostly at the start across the higher hills and in the mountains of northern New England. I am not expecting a snowstorm with this event. If it was a month later I would be more concerned with snow.
Wednesday morning will be dry with clouds increasing. I don’t expect rain to move in until around the evening commute and that may be early. The timing on the storm is such that we won’t know exactly when it will begin for a day or so. Those models are still not entirely sure the track and speed of the storm.
The storm will peak Thursday and wind down later at night or very early Friday morning. Winds may gust to 50 miles per hour at the coast with some strong gusts inland. This storm will not see the wind or storm surge that we saw last week.
Next weekend
After the storm departs the weather patter may turn quite mild next weekend. The long range models have a nice southwest wind transporting very warm air for the time of year into the region. If the models end up correct we could see 60s again late next weekend.
Gardening this week
A cold few nights ahead and houseplants should be all inside. I have nearly all of my plants put away for the winter. Perhaps you had yours outside and moved them in recently. Did you prepare them properly? There are still several things you can do to keep them healthy. In this video I show you what I do to get my plants ready for winter.

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