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Snow and Ice to Follow Beautiful Weekend



    Snow and Ice to Follow Beautiful Weekend

    What a weekend - Boston was in the 50s with any last snow melting away, with highs near 60.

    At the same time, an unusual high-elevation snowstorm was ongoing in the higher elevations of far northern New England - amounts in excess of a foot above 2,500 foot elevation.

    The summit at Jay Peak Resort Vermont scored 22 new inches Saturday and Sunday, allowing the resort to open every trail on the mountain for the first time this fickle season.

    Now we have a seasonably cold high pressure moving in to start this last week of February. Skies will be mostly sunny Monday with high temperatures in the 30s south, and 20s north.

    A beautiful photo of the waxing moon in the Boston Common trees.
    Photo credit: Merrill Flood

    This strong Canadian high pressure center crests over New England overnight. That means mostly clear for our full 'snow' moon, and cold, with low temperatures in the single numbers and teens Tuesday morning.

    Another storm system is likely to pass south of New England during Tuesday, with many clouds and cold air continuing, highs again in the 30s. A little rain or snow is possible in southern New England late in the day.

    A stronger low-pressure system will head toward Ohio and Ontario on Wednesday. That puts New England on the warmer side of that next storm.

    Photo credit: Jay Peak Resort

    However, much like last Tuesday morning, we have a cold air inversion to contend with. That means even though snow will change to rain rather quickly Wednesday morning, cold air and cold ground will result in icy roads. The fastest warm-up occurs near the shore. But icy roads may linger into afternoon well inland and north.

    Minor accumulations of snow and ice are likely.

    Rain and wind maybe heavy and strong Wednesday night and early Thursday with temperatures climbing to near 50 degrees.

    Photo credit: necn

    Wind from the south may gust past 50 mph.

    Rainfall amounts of one to two inches are likely, especially heavy Midnight Wednesday through noon Thursday.

    Colder air comes in later Thursday and Thursday night, with the rain possibly ending is snow in the higher elevations later Thursday.

    Photo credit: necn

    Total snowfall, including what happens before and after the rainfall, could be in the order of three to four inches in higher elevations.

    Friday looks quiet and seasonable.

    Next weekend, we may see the return of arctic air before the weekend is over.

    That could mean a round of snow showers with much colder air by later Sunday into the following Monday.

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