Waves of low pressure are bringing on-and-off rain, ice and snow this week.
The rain Saturday night pushes out of southern New England early, leaving sunny breaks with highs near 60.
At the same time, low pressure on the coast of Maine will keep snow going in northern Maine with several inches likely before ending Sunday evening. Snow in Maine adds up to a few inches, north of Baxter State Park.
Behind the departing low-pressure, a batch of seasonable cold air blows in from the north for a bright and brisk day Monday.
Next up, we are tracking a storm generating a blizzard conditions in Texas, as well as severe weather and tornadoes again from Texas into Arkansas, that storm arrives in New England on Tuesday.
Initially, it is cold enough for a couple hours of snow in southern New England right at sunrise Tuesday.
A very strong, cold high-pressure system will create a strong boundary with cold air low in the atmosphere, and warmer riding over the top up in the sky. That means the potential for freezing rain across in land central New England.
By late morning, the mix line pushes north, snow will fall in the mountains of northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire and much of central and northern Maine. Heavy rain is likely in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island by noon.
Wind on Tuesday from the Northeast could gust to gale force along the shore.
High temperatures will only be in the teens and 20s north, to 30s south for Tuesday and Tuesday night.
Low pressure will track southeast of Cape Cod Wednesday, another low will track over northern Vermont.
That will divide New England, with highs on Wednesday near 50 south, but only in the 20s in Maine.
A brief warm-up will occur for much of central and southern New England Wednesday and Thursday. But another low-pressure system will be forming on the front south of New England, bringing the chance of rain and snow Wednesday night and Thursday morning. At this time, it appears any rain or snow on New New Year's eve will be light, possibly even dry, and not to cold.
Next weekend, we expect an arctic front with snow showers and much colder air by Sunday and Monday.
The pattern is changing to a colder regime, so snow would be more likely than rain the first week of 2016. We may actually see the ponds start to freeze over and have a more typical wintry New England weather pattern for a while.