Cold Air to Remain in Place While Storm Aims for New England

Cold air has taken root in New England and will remain in place throughout the rest of the workweek.

Temperatures are some 10 to 15 degrees colder than normal for this time of the year and they will couple with a busy wind to produce a wind chill only near 20 degrees at the warmest time of the day through Thursday. The cold air will really limit how much melting happens.

Of course, a relatively strong March sun angle will play its part in keeping melting going, particularly from the pavement with resulting road spray and glare on many roads, making sunglasses and windshield washer fluid important accessories.

A few energetic disturbances will ripple through the atmosphere above, bringing building clouds later Tuesday. Scattered snow showers will bring a coating here and there Tuesday night, then the sun will be followed by building clouds and scattered flurries and snow showers Wednesday.

The next organized storm system to move near New England won’t arrive until Friday night, as a storm center winds up to our south and puts us on the northern fringe of its shield of snow and mix. If we do see any impact from the Friday night system, it should move on by Saturday morning.

This will afford some drying ahead of the next storm center Sunday afternoon through night, likely to bring rain or a brief mix changing to rain before departing early Monday morning and giving way to milder air for much of next week – in the 40s and 50s instead of 20s and 30s in our exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.

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