Fun weather huh? Any ideas I had on gardening today were quickly squelched when the temperature failed to get much above 40F and the raw northeasterly wind made it feel even colder.
This evening we find Winter Weather Advisory in place for those areas in purple. This means travel can be impacted by frozen or freezing precipitation. The National Weather Service issues these advisories by county or sometime sections of counties. This is important because when you look at the entire area under the advisory it doesn’t account for elevation. I actually think more of us won’t have any travel issues late tonight and early Thursday than will.
Sleet and Rain
You might have notices sleet and snow mixed with the rain late this afternoon and this will continue overnight. A low pressure system will pass well south of the area and bring this rather foul weather to the area.
Overnight I expect rain and sleet for most areas. It’s certainly possible the grass catches some of the sleet pellets and there could even be some slick walkways tomorrow, but this isn’t going to bring out the sanders or the plows. The area north of Route 2, which is often susceptible to more snow and ice could see a coating to 2 inches of frozen stuff. (graupel, sleet and snow).
This map is for 11PM this evening. The purple area represents which places will be seeing a mix of sleet and rain. Notice the blue in Maine, that’s snow!
Another Cold Day
Tomorrow is another raw and cold day. The precipitation will end in the morning, but we are left we a cloudy afternoon and there will be spotty drizzle. Highs won’t crack 40F in most of the area.
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Friday brings another round of rain, but also the start of the milder temperatures. This pattern which has seemingly been in place since early January is finally going to break.
Finally Some Spring
Much milder air will flow into southern New England and we will enjoy the warmest stretch of weather since October. You have to go back to October 27th-29th to find three days in a row of 60F or higher. We should begin such a stretch on Sunday lasting at least three days.
It’s likely we still have some frosts, freezes and even cold days ahead, but I think we may have finally turned the corner next week.