Gradual melting with high temperatures reaching into the lower 40s is in store for most and 30s north both Friday and Saturday, ahead of an impending storm of snow and rain.
While not directly the storm that dropped three feet of snow for a new all-time record on Flagstaff, Arizona, that atmospheric energy is certainly being steered in our direction around the periphery of that massive western storm.
After clouds increase Saturday afternoon, snow and mix will develop from southwest to northeast Saturday evening and overnight, respectively. It likely won't be reaching most of the Boston area until around or after midnight.
The snow will be dropping a coating to one inch of snow over interior southern New England, with the period of snow lasting longer and therefore adding up a bit more with northward extent.
Three inches of snow is anticipated in southern and central Vermont and New Hampshire to southern Maine. Three-to-6-inches is expected in the Lakes Region and Green Mountains and six to nine inches in the remainder of the mountains of northern New England.
With snow lasting deep into the day in the mountains Sunday, this will impact travel plans to and from school vacation week for those skiing and snowmobiling. Meanwhile, milder air in southern New England pushes temperatures to near 50 degrees by the day’s end on Sunday.
Behind the storm, winds will snap out of the west on Monday and may be heralded in by a set of snow showers or squalls. If so, it will be opening the door to potentially damaging wind gusts Monday as colder air streams in, returning a sharp winter chill to New England by midweek next week.
If the air is dry enough, a midweek storm threat will sail south, but that’s not for sure, so we’ll watch both midweek. Another storm chance next weekend at the end of our exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.