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Wintry Wednesday, Chance of Snow Friday

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    After a quiet and beautiful Super Tuesday, a storm system is headed towards New England and will arrive around midnight.

    As the moisture first arrives overnight temperatures will be in the teens and 20s across the interior & north, cold enough for some snow and a wintry mix.

    Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for sleet , freezing rain, and snow combination for all of Vermont, Massachusetts (west of Boston) and most of New Hampshire and Maine.

    The areas with the best possibility of icy conditions overnight are the higher elevations like the Berkshires, Worcester Hills, the Green and White Mountains where up to a tenth of an inch of ice is possible.

    My main concern is our Wednesday morning commute which will be greatly impacted by heavy rain and strong winds (and possibly still some isolated icy spots).

    The wind will pick during the pre-dawn hours. Southerly winds will gust 40 to 50 mph during most of the morning, finally diminishing gradually in the evening. As the storm shifts offshore in the afternoon, the winds shift out of the west but continue to be strong. Downed limbs & a few power outages are a possibility early in the day.

    Regarding the rain, heaviest will be between 2am and noon, although it will take longer for the Cape & Islands and eastern Maine to dry out. Widespread .50" to 1" of rain with localized higher amounts.

    A couple of embedded thunderstorms can't be ruled out. A new cold air mass will follow the storm and will bring two of the coldest days we've seen in a while.

    Thursday and Friday most of us don't even make it to the freezing point for the high. Highs will be in the near 30 south, 20s north, teens far north.

    Thursday will be a cold but quiet day, however Friday is a bit of a wild card. It doesn't look like a widespread nor'easter because the center of the storm will pass well south of us but enough moisture could reach southern New England for a few inches of snow.

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