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Snow End Early, Sunshine Returns This Afternoon

Snow is falling across many areas pre-sunrise, but is already ending west of Worcester and will be over in the Boston area by 9AM. This is more a visual event. In other words, it looks white, but there won’t be much more impact than that. There could be a few slick spots, but because the roads and ground are both relatively warm, melting will continue throughout the day.

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There isn’t a lot of moisture with this precipitation event this morning. The map below shows how much water equivalent will have fallen today.

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Sunshine is going to be back during the afternoon and winds will also be brisk. I am expecting highs to reach the lower 40s and there will be additional melting. Much of the snow will be gone by the time to sun sets later in the afternoon.

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It’s a cold night ahead with a hard freeze. You’ll notice a lot of leaves just falling off the trees tomorrow morning as they will freeze tonight. Thus far this fall, while we have had some chilly weather, we have yet to have as hard a freeze as we will see tonight.

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Saturday is bright and cold all day. There will be plenty of sunshine, but highs will only reach the upper 30s to lower 40s across the south coast. Winds will be light, so if your ground is dry enough you could rake some leaves.

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Sunday brings slightly milder air on a southerly flow. This also means clouds are returning, so it may actually feel colder Sunday with the lack of sun and more wind. Another storm moves in late Sunday night and Monday.

It looks like there will be enough warm air around the region for the Monday event to be a cold rain. Some folks could see some wet snow mixed with the rain at the start, but it’s a wet-not-white event.

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The rain will linger into Monday evening and, with the early darkness, the morning and evening commutes could be impacted by wet roads.

Sunshine returns for Tuesday and Wednesday, but it’s going to be cold. So far we haven’t really experienced any of the arctic air you’ve likely heard about across the Rocky Mountain area eastward to the Midwest. This will change next week when the flow of air becomes more direct from the north rather than from the west.

Temperatures will stay in the 30s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and some areas around the Worcester hills might not get out of the lower 30s on Wednesday.

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A moderating trend should begin to take place about a week from now. If you are wondering if this is the start of winter and we are done with the mild days, the answer is it’s likely we do see some more mild weather ahead. The 10-15 day outlook of temperature shows a warm-up taking place into the Thanksgiving week.

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These longer range forecasts are usually pretty good in trend forecasting. It will be interesting to see if they get this one right. I know I still have a lot of work to do outside and could use some milder days.

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