As the wind slowly diminishes and the cold gradually moderates, the dangerous aspect of our recent chill exits and we’re reduced to simply stinging cold for daylight Tuesday.
Even so, with temperatures generally some 20 degrees milder and wind chill values 30 to 35 degrees less harsh than yesterday, we certainly can feel the improvement.
After a cold night of increasing clouds Tuesday night, clouds will outweigh any breaks of sun Wednesday with snow showers developing in Northern New England during the morning, light freezing rain showers making roads slick in Western New England late morning to midday and plain rain showers developing during the late afternoon and evening for Central and Eastern New England.
An increasing southerly wind will slowly but steadily bump temperatures into the 40s by late Wednesday, and those readings should continue to rise Wednesday night with thick fog developing as rain continues and snow changes to a mixture in the mountains.
Rain continues Thursday, totaling one to two inches of water that will deliver big puddles from previously ice and snow-clogged storm drains and probably some wet basements owing to a frozen ground, but ends as snowflakes from northwest to southeast Thursday midday to evening, respectively, giving way to a new shot of cold and dry air to start the weekend after new snow of two to four inches in the mountains Wednesday through Thursday.
By early next week – between Sunday night and Wednesday morning - the jet stream pattern becomes favorable for East Coast storm development, so our First Alert Team will continue to watch that entire timeframe very carefully in the days ahead.