Although far less wind damage is unfolding Tuesday than New England saw Monday, our First Alert Weather Team can’t promise that there will be no damage at all.
Often, we see a second spike the day after a big wind event if it’s still gusty, as broken limbs and trees that were teetering come down in the rocking of steady breeze.
That’s the case with continuing 45 mph gusts Tuesday, but we’ve added a wealth of cold air holding temperatures in the 20s and wind chill values in the teens for most and single digits north. Overnight Tuesday night, the wind won’t want to quit and this will drive wind chill values below zero for many New England communities.
The wind will subside noticeably on Wednesday in advance of the next approaching storm center. Although the incoming storm Wednesday evening is weak, enough cold air is in place for an all-snow event. This means a broad 2-to-3-inches is expected for most of central and southern New England with less for the North Country, farther removed from the narrow channel of moisture and energy moving west to east across the region.
Start time of the snow is going to be either side of the evening commute Wednesday – likely just before in western New England and perhaps just barely after in eastern New England.
The end time will be during the morning commute Thursday, though snow already on the roads will cause issues for drivers. A breather is expected Thursday afternoon through Friday, with the next storm arriving Saturday and likely to bring enough milder air for a mix of snow and rain, depending on how far north or south one is.
Sunday looks dry into early next week, before another possible storm around the middle of next week in the exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.