Mar 31, 2016 11:53 PM
NH1 Chief Meteorologist
Another mild day to look forward too! Thursday had high temperatures reach close to 73 to 74 degrees during the afternoon along with gusty winds. This Friday will not be quite as warm or as windy, but it will still be very breezy and mild for this time of year with highs in the 60's to near 70. and winds gusting over 20 mph from the SW.
We will be watching a low tracking N& W of of New England today. Most of the morning should be uneventful with mostly cloudy skies, and mild temps climbing into the 60's. Periodic showers with some heavier rain will track ahead of a cold front and start to push into the region during the afternoon. We will have to watch for a line of embedded thunderstorms with some gusty winds which should push through during the mid-late afternoon hours. Shower activity will diminish Friday night as the cold front should finally push off the coast.
Even though Friday will be mild, The break down of the unseasonal warmth begins with the passage of this front. This weekend is where the cooler air will be arriving. The weekend will start off dry in the 50's Saturday with a mix of sun and clouds. Skies will become mostly cloudy with the risk of a few afternoon showers popping up. The main weather story will feature a Clipper with an Arctic cold front, which will deliver an unseasonably cold air mass for early April right from the Arctic into New England. This Clipper low will track across New England Saturday night and rapidly deepen as it gets off the coast. It will push this Arctic cold front through and off the coast early Sunday morning. An intense band of snow showers or squalls will develop with this passing low in the Saturday night through early Sunday morning. There will be the potential for some accumulating snow from Midnight Saturday night through Sunday morning. I would expect nothing more than D-2". There could be some slick travel early Sunday in any band of snow squall that develops. There is still uncertainty on where the heaviest snow will fall. Some of the energy could push farther south and spare NH giving southern New England the heavier snow. We'll keep you up to date. Any snow will be ending Sunday morning.
Temps in the 30's to near 40 degrees Sunday morning will fall during the afternoon into the 20's with cold breezy Arctic winds delivering a blow of some late winter cold into the northeast. Once the sun sets Sunday night, lows will drop into the teens overnight with some areas approaching record cold early Monday morning. The cold will stick around through Monday Highs will remain in the 30's to near 40 when typically we should be closer to 50 for early April.
Watch out for round #2 of snow Monday afternoon & Monday night! Another Clipper low will track farther south towards the mid-Atlantic states and hug the south coast. This will come with a period of accumulating snow through Monday night. The intensity and amount of snow is too early to determine, but we can not rule out the possibility of up to 3 or more inches of snow with this. This low will reinforce a NE wind and lock in the low level cold with temps remaining in the 30's to near 40 into Tuesday along with clearing skies and breezy cool winds.. Between these two snow events there will be the potential for a several inches of snow...no doubt about it. Grass will be become snow covered. I would estimate D-2" Early Sunday morning, and 2-4" Monday afternoon-night. Low impact events. It is hard for pavement to become slippery of snow covered this time of year thanks to the energy of the sun. If the snow comes down heavy enough over a short duration and one area, it could get slick for a brief time.
Temperature fluctuations will continue in this early Spring season with another shot of cooler air coming sometime around April 9th...again...the cold is fleeting. . Enjoy the warmth while it is outside, and keep the winter coats handy. Looks like we are still going to need them!
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