FIRST ALERT: Stormy Pattern Bringing Snow, Rain Later This Week

A First Alert has been issued for parts of New England ahead of a storm that could make Friday AM's commute a mess, along with another storm over the holiday weekend

Our days of carefree and cool, dry weather are limited – a stormier pattern is clear for late this week and this weekend on the exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.

For now, though, we enjoy dry weather. Albeit chilly, it will be dry through Tuesday, with daytime highs in the 30s for most and overnight lows in the teens, colder north.

Stubborn Monday clouds were the product of an onshore wind adding moisture to the atmosphere, and a few flurries have been dancing in off the ocean near the coastline of Southeast, Massachusetts and Cape Cod from time to time.

As drier air pushes south, a clearing trend continues from north to south Monday, leaving a clear sky Monday night and sunshine until an approaching disturbance Wednesday. Wednesday’s disturbance launches a cold front across New England, triggering some mountain snow showers but bringing little more than increased clouds.

A shifting wind and renewed chilly air will be delivered to the rest of New England, sending daytime highs back into the 20s and 10s north. This will reinforce cold air just in time for our next meaningful storm center Thursday night into Friday morning.

This upcoming storm may be impacting the morning commute for many on Friday, particularly Central and Northern New England, prompting a First Alert declaration on NECN for Friday.

The metro areas of Southern New England will be far enough south that either snow or rain is possible, or more likely, a combination of both. The next storm comes calling Sunday – another First Alert Day from our team – with a seeming assurance of heavy snow for some of New England.

The question now is exactly where the snow will land, and that will depend on storm track and associated rain/snow line placement Saturday night into Sunday.

Regardless, a shot of significant cold will very likely follow that storm for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

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