Hello everyone, my name is Heather Jaffe I am currently an intern for Matt Noyes here at NECN this semester. I am a senior majoring in meteorology at UMass Lowell and will be graduating this spring. Tonight I have been appointed by Matt to make a blog forecast for Wednesday's rain event so here goes.
As far as Wednesday goes, it will be a mostly rain event across most of New England after the early morning hours. Western areas of Massachusetts in Berkshire and Worcester County, southern New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine could see a dusting of snow with some freezing rain as the disturbance from the southern plains that gains moisture from the Gulf of Mexico starts to roll through around 7AM, which is also the start of the morning commute.With freezing rain in these areas, and currently untreated roads slippery roadways may be a concern for the early morning hours, so be careful during the morning commute. In the northern elevations of Maine and New Hampshire, we could see more significant snow amounts of a couple elevation dependent inches. There will be no appreciable snow to write home about in these southern areas of New England which is the good news. Rain will fill in across northern New England as the system fills in later in the morning. There will be about 1/4 to 1/2 inches of rainfall from this disturbance in most areas of New England, with potentially 3/4 inch in southeast Connecticut and Rhode Island, where a heavy band of precipitation may pass through Wednesday afternoon. The potholes on the main interstates and roadways will fill with rain, so watch out for big puddles on the highway in case hydroplaning occurs as the storm prevails during the morning and evening commutes.
Any rivers that may be affected from this disturbance will most likely be the Connecticut River if affected at all as it is still in minor flood warnings, but should begin to recede following the storm. The Suncook River in Merrimack County New Hampshire may also be of concern, but shall also start to recede after the storm departs.
The brunt of the rain will taper off after dinner time from west to east and will most definitely be out of the area after midnight Wednesday for a dry and seasonable day in store for Thursday.
Hope you all have a great day, and tune in again soon for a complimentary forecast on the latest weather events
- Heather with the Weather