Mar 16, 2016 1:02 AM

NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: Milder midweek in NH and a cooler weekend

NH1 Chief Meteorologist

A somewhat drier and milder midweek to look forward to. Plenty of clouds around today, but breaks of sun will push through the clouds thanks to a weak upper level ridge in place. Skies will become partly sunny and highs will climb into the 50's near 60 degrees in spots this afternoon. Another batch of rain will spread across the region tonight, a few heavier downpours will be possible with lows holding near 40. Some rain may change over to wet snow across the north country overnight. With a low hanging back towards the Great lakes, This rain is part of an occluded front which will push through and off the coast Thursday morning. While Thursday will start off a bit cloudy and damp, we should be able to break back into some dry and milder air during the day with partly cloudy skies and highs back into the 50's to near 60.

A front will be stalled across the Canadian border with a wave of low pressure developing along it. This front may try to push south Thursday afternoon an could trigger a pop up shower, but I would say most of St. Patrick's day will be just fine. This cold front will make a steadier push south Friday morning as the low deepens over Northern New England and then pulls away. As this front passes, it will come with more clouds and the risk of another few showers as it passes. Cloudy to partly sunny skies Friday with a breezy NW wind for the afternoon delivering a more significant chill to the air just in time for the weekend.

High pressure will be building in for the weekend with plenty of sunshine, but NW winds from Canada will deliver a fairly significant shot of late season cold right into New England. Saturday will be filled with plenty of sunshine once again, but highs will only be in the 30's. The evenings will be clear and cold with lows dropping into the Lwr 20's. Sunday will feature more sunshine. Temperatures should moderate a bit more into the Lwr-mid 40's.

We are tracking the potential for a storm coming out of the Gulf Sunday and could come up the coast as a stronger storm Monday. It is still early and we continue to watch for trends to see if this storms is trending closer to the coast for more of an impact or if this storm will miss and completely go out to sea, or maybe something in between. At this point, I am not very worried about it. This storm is either going to stay far enough from New Hampshire that we may see a touch of light snow Monday or it's going to completely miss. I do not see this being big storm at all. If there are any impacts from the storm, Southern new England stands the better chance of getting some accumulating snow. Of course this time of year, getting snow to accumulate can be difficult thanks to sun angle and the depth of cold air available. We will continue to watch it and let you know of any changes to our thinking....One thing I do see going ahead for the next week or two, is less of flood of mild air and more frequent cold shots of air which should take us to the end of the month of March. Still can rule our a few wet snow flakes from time to time....

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