Icy Conditions Causing Some School Delays

Much of central and northern New England is under a Winter Weather Advisory and a Flood Watch this morning.

A storm center that generated blizzard conditions in the Central Plains states yesterday tracks to our north today, putting New England on the warmer side of the system.

Initially the air is cold enough for a period of freezing rain and snow in much of central and northern New England. This wintry mix will transition to rain for most of us this morning and afternoon.

Before the transition we have a light glaze causing icy roads from north-central Massachusetts into southern Vermont and southern New Hampshire, further north we have snow. Along the south of the Massachusetts Turnpike it's chilly rain and patchy dense fog. Some schools have delayed openings Tuesday morning due to the icy road conditions.

A powerful cold front will push in during the day changing any left over wintry mix to rain, with a chance of thunderstorms. High temperature in the lower 50s. Wind from the south may gust past 40 mph. In far northern Maine snow will also change to rain, snowfall totals of a few inches, up to near 6 inches in far northern Maine. Rainfall amounts will generally be in the order of 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. The ice jam flooding that started last week may become renewed this week thanks to the melting snow and warmer weather along with this rain.

Rain will change to snow before ending at the Canadian border, otherwise clearing and colder late tonight. Low temperatures will be in the 20s north and 30s south.

Colder windy weather returns tomorrow with the high temperatures in the 30s south and 20s north, some snow flurries continuing at the Canadian border.

Wind from the northwest gusting past 30 mph adds an extra wind chill factor.

High pressure from Canada should crest over New England on Thursday, with sunshine and diminishing wind.

Overnight low temperature Wednesday near 0 degrees north to the teens south, high temperature Thursday in the teens north and 20s south.

Friday looks fair and cold with a high temperature near freezing, much less windy.

The next front arrives in New England on Saturday, with mostly cloudy weather, and a chance of rain or snow showers. Warmer air is moving back in, so any snowfall accumulation is mostly in the higher terrain of Northern New England. By Saturday afternoon and Sunday temperature should rebound to the 30s north and 40s south. At this point it does not look like a big storm, but we'll keep you posted.

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