Feb 2, 2016 11:58 PM
NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: February 3, 2016
NH1 Chief Meteorologist
An active weather day across New Hampshire today. A brief wintry mix of snow and sleet is likely across central and Northern New Hampshire this morning, before a change to rain. The mountains could see a few inches of snow before a change to rain by the midday. Across Southern New Hampshire, temps should be warm enough for mostly rain. The early mix will be arriving around 8 am and ending around 10 am. For the rest of us, It's is just going to be a good old fashioned rainy day with a steady flow of moisture up the east coast from weakening thunderstorms ahead of an approaching cold front. The rain should be heaviest from the midday through the afternoon. About a half an inch to close to one inch of rain will fall. This rain combined with snow melt could lead to some big puddles on the roadways.
A warm front will finally begin to lift through by the end of the day and bring New Hampshire into the warm sector behind the front. Winds will be picking up during the afternoon with gusts over 25 mph. These southerly winds will help to push temps into the 50's Wednesday night. Showers will linger Wednesday night through midnight, before tapering off to drizzle and fog.
By dawn on Thursday, the cold front will be pushing off the coast. Low clouds will be in place for the morning. Skies will become partly sunny with drying WNW winds. With temps starting off so mild, it will not take much to get those temps right back up to near 50. Cooler air will begin to advect back into New Hampshire Thursday night and Friday. Temperatures will be in the 30's to end the week with a more seasonal feel to the air. The weekend looks dry and quiet with a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the Lwr 40's.
Plenty of questions heading into next regarding winter storm development. A deep trough will dig into the eastern half of the nation bringing a colder pattern with a developing low generating off the coast and tracking up into the Northeast. There are still questions on what day will be best chance for snow...Monday? Tuesday? Wednesday? There are on how quickly or slowly this will come together and what track the low will take. One thing is starting to come into agreement is that there will be a storm and the chances for this being all snow are good. In fact, the chances of a plowable snow are good. But this far out, it is a simple wait and see approach and we will continue to keep you up to date of any changes. Colder air will be following in and shifting to the Northeast once this storm departs