Record-Breaking Cold Flees By Week’s End

It’s a record-breaking cold start to our Sunday morning and some locations have tied or have knocked out long standing records. Boston tied a record dating back to 1896. In Burlington, VT, the city reached -20 degrees at 7:24am - setting a new record. Their old record was -19 degrees set back in 1923. Among some of the other locations that have set new records: Worcester, Windsor Locks, CT, Providence, RI.

Thankfully, the wind is not as gusty as yesterday, so the wind chill is not nearly as treacherous. Today, highs will reach into the mid to upper teens, and we will continue to see some improvement in the temperature reading over the course of the day. There will be plenty of sunshine for most of New England, but a few lingering clouds and ocean-effect snow showers along the Cape will make some roads slick and snow-covered for a while.

Overnight tonight, clouds will build in ahead of our next system from the Midwest. A few snow showers are expected to develop overnight into the higher elevations of northern New England, parts of CT and the Berkshires likely a scattered snow shower for the first half of our Monday.

Monday brings a slight warm-up as the wind direction will shift to out of the southwest at 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Highs stretch into the mid to upper 30s southeast, near the freezing mark for parts of CT, western MA, and near 30 north. The system for Monday brings snow showers to the north, afternoon snow showers south, with some reducing visibility and slowing travel during the early evening commute. Some of these snow showers are expected to mix with rain towards Providence, RI, southeast MA, as well as the Cape and Islands.

After the system slides out late Monday night into Tuesday, winds shift to out of the west-northwest, with some lingering snow showers along the Canadian border into Tuesday morning. What does this all mean in terms of additional snowfall on top of last week’s blizzard? Between a dusting to an inch is expected for southern New England, 1-3” along and north of Manchester, NH and Bennington, VT, with up to 3-6 inches for higher elevations of the Green and White Mountains of VT and NH, respectively, as well as the Crown of Maine.

With the struggle of the extreme cold, maybe you’ve had car troubles, home and plumbing problems including frozen pipes or furnace issues, your wishes for a warm-up have been granted. By the end of this upcoming work week, we’ll have high temperatures into the mid to upper 40s. With the warm-up that means not only we will have the melting ongoing, but the warmth also comes with heavy rainfall likely, so get the rain boots prepped and ready to go by Thursday and Friday.

Next weekend brings high temperatures back to near normal for this time of the year, into the 30s with a chance for wintry mix to snow showers. In the meantime, we anticipate the pattern shift to warmer temperatures for the work week ahead.

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