May nor'easter to hit NH with rain Mother's Day weekend
It's been a dreary week with lots of clouds, splashes of sunshine, and chilly air.
Often times a storm is needed to shake up a stagnant weather pattern, and a mid-May nor'easter is in the forecast.
It won't be raining the whole weekend - in fact, much of Saturday will be dry - but rain will be heavy at times overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning.
After this system moves through, the jetstream will rearrange itself, sending summer warmth into New Hampshire for next week.
There can be a few breaks of sun during the morning. It will be mostly cloudy but mostly dry in most areas. Temperatures will start the day in the 40s to near 50. High temperatures will mostly be in the 50s. A few places may touch the 60 degree mark, with enough sun.
Most outdoor plans will be fine during the day. There can be some mist, drizzle, or a brief shower, but any steady rain holds off until later in the day.
Rain begins to move into southwestern New Hampshire after 4 p.m. The rain will gradually overspread the state during Saturday evening, but it may take a while to reach northern areas.
The heaviest rain Saturday night will be in southern New Hampshire, where periods of heavy rain will move through. Northern areas will see showers and occasional downpours during the night.
Periods of rain and downpours will continue into Mother's Day. The morning hours will be wettest. The afternoon will be damp, with scattered showers, mist and drizzle.
Northeast to northwest wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph are expected on Sunday. Some higher gusts are possible near the seacoast. It will be a chilly day with a gusty wind; highs will mainly be in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
Most of the state will see between 1 and 2 inches of rain. Some areas of western and northern New Hampshire will see a bit under an inch. Conversely, it's possible part of southeastern New Hampshire picks up over 2 inches. If this occurs, then localized flooding of poor-drainage areas and small streams may become an issue early Sunday. No flood watches are in effect yet.