Feb 26, 2016 1:06 AM
NH1 Chief Meteorologist
Record warmth Thursday in the Lwr 60's, will give way to cooler more seasonal temperatures Friday in the Lwr-mid 30's...close to about 30 degrees cooler! A storm is pulling away and wrapping in gusty NW winds up to 20-30 mph during the afternoon. After a few morning clouds, skies will be increasing with sunshine today, but temperatures will struggle to warm with the constant cold air advection coming in from Canada. The winds will make the temperatures feel even colder today with wind chills feeling in the teens and 20's. It would be wise to bring the heavier coat along today and prepare for a winter chill to the air.
Winds will be diminishing tonight as skies will be clear and the cold air settles in over the region. I expect lows to fall into the single digits in many locations, but hold in the teens at the coast, and more urban southern locations. Either way, Friday night will have a definite cold winter feel right through Saturday morning! The weekend looks great though with high pressure south of New England. Plenty of sunshine Saturday as temperatures gradually warm into the 30's to near 40 by the afternoon. The warming west winds will continue the weekend warm up into Sunday with highs climbing into the Lwr 50's. A weak front will approach Sunday which will bring a few clouds and make skies partly sunny.
Monday will remain mild with highs hovering around 50-55 degrees. a weak low will track across the Canadian boarder and direct a cold front across the region with a few clouds and maybe an isolated shower. Drier air , with weak high pressure will follow the front and make for a nice nice Tuesday in the 40's. We will be watching next Wednesday closely as our next weather maker approaches.
A low will approach Wednesday but as always, when you are dealing with weather that far out...the details remain sketchy. The track of the low is still yet to be determined. Will it track through New England and bring warmer air with showers, and some snow in the mountains...or track south of New England and allow colder air to be in place and the better chance for snow? I have been leaning towards a wetter milder mix, but the latest info on Thursday was showing this low trending a bit further south. So we will have to see how the trends go on Friday.
I am not as concerned about the possible Wednesday wintry mix as I am to a storm which could be following on it's coat tails up the coast somewhere in the March 4th or 5th time frame. That should have more energy and colder air to work with by that time. A better chance for accumulating snow. It will be a colder and more active pattern for the first week of March. We likely have a another snowstorm in us somewhere before we put a stake in this winter. It's running out of time as we approach Meteorological spring March 1st as the days continue to get longer and longer. We can finally put to bed the three coldest months of the year! Goodnight!
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