Jan 5, 2016 11:50 PM
NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: January 6, 2015
NH1 Chief Meteorologist
Another cold and clear start to the day..but today is going to be different. By the afternoon, WSW winds will be directing a seasonal more comfortable, and less cold air mass towards New England. The cold dome of Arctic air will be lifting out and highs will moderate to more typical January norms with highs in the 30's nearing 40 for some in Southern New Hampshire.
High pressure parked south of New England will provide sunshine with highs in the 30's to near 40 for the rest of the week with a milder WSW wind at the surface. Winds will shift onshore to the east on Friday. I expect low clouds to back in off the water during the afternoon..with sunny to partly sunny skies. The increase of cloud cover will be the start of a cloudy unsettled trend which will take us into the weekend.
A warm front approaches Saturday bringing clouds and a few showers along with it. Most of the day Saturday will be spent on the cooler side of the front with ESE winds at the surface with scattered light showers and the potential for some scattered freezing drizzle in the valleys. A chance of some light accumulating snow in the northern mountains. The precip will be light, but it will be enough to put a damper on the day.
A wave of low pressure will be developing along a cold front and tracking towards New England Sunday. This will come with a more significant batch of precipitation. The track this low takes will be crucial in determining what type of precipitation. The latest trends are for a more western track which would direct warmer air up the east coast and increase the chances for mainly rain on Sunday. We'll see if this western trend hold Wednesday. Sunday will likely be a wet day with temps mainly in the 40's.
Once this low departs early Monday, Dry and cooler air will return for the rest of next week with more sunshine. The return of the Arctic air will be the story next week, with the coldest air waiting for the middle to end of the week. This Arctic blast could very well be as cold if not colder then the one over us now. A persistent trough will be in place across the northeast ensuring below average temperatures from January 11th through the 18th. The potential still exists for a coastal storm around the 17th or 18th, but still questions remain how it will play out that far away.