The peak of this cold snap arrives Thursday, with sunshine unable to get most of us to break 30° and an active northwest wind keeping the wind chill value in the teens south and single digits north.
Dry air dominates, so no snow is in the forecast until perhaps a few Great North Woods overnight flurries with partly cloudy skies and subzero wind chill for the rest of us.
We don’t expect much warming Friday, with highs in the 30s but the wind chill will be absent with a light wind so there will be a noticeable difference in the air.
A strengthening southwest wind will bump temperatures up into the 40s and even over 50 degrees for some of Southern New England on Saturday, though the arriving warmer air will bring plenty of clouds, then some afternoon mixed snow and rain showers to the mountains.
By Saturday evening and night, mixed northern showers will push southward as a band of rain overnight into Sunday, lasting at least the first half of the day and perhaps longer the farther south one is, though ski country should dry out Sunday.
The same frontal boundary will hover southeast of New England on Monday, meaning the chance of rain or snow continues before drier and colder air surges in for a couple of days toward midweek.
Another round of mild moisture is possible at the end of next week in the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast.