NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: Saturday January 30, 2016
We are ending out the month of January with a string of consecutive days running above the average. This is on top of a mild start to the month of January 2016. The month has seen the temperatures average about 5.8 degrees above normal. Consider November and December were some of the warmest on record. It has been quite an easy stretch of mild winter weather for New England standards! A grand total of 8" of snow in the month of January. A total of only 12.5" of snow for the season. The ski industry has accepted it will be one of those years and have done a remarkable job getting the terrain open despite the lack of natural snow. All the hard work from the snow making will be tested in the coming days as temperatures will continue to warm! This weekend will be great for skiing with Loose granular, and hard packed powder conditions. Sharpened edges will do you well this weekend as more traveled upon surfaces are getting a bit this and icy spots can be expected.
Saturday will start off with sunshine with weak high pressure south of New England. A warm front will approach during the afternoon bringing in more clouds and the risk of a few widely scattered snow showers across the north country mountains. Winds will shift from West to South late Saturday through Saturday night. A milder flow of air will shift into the Northeast Sunday. Skies will be a mix of sun and clouds with highs climbing into the 40's by the afternoon. The SW flow will continue Monday ahead of an approaching cold front. The front will come with some clouds and maybe an isolated shower. Temps will climb be in the 40's and Lwr 50's ahead of the front.
High pressure follow in behind the front with sunshine for Tuesday and slightly cooler air in the 40's near 50. A strong area of low pressure will be tracking west of New England Wednesday. This will direct more warmth into the Northeast with highs climbing back into the 50's and possibly approaching record warmth. The Low will also direct a strong cold front through the region which will come with a period of heavy rain Wednesday, along with some gusty winds. Rainfall estimates are over 1" of rain possible.
Drier cooler air to follow to end the week with more sunshine and temperatures falling back into the 30's. Ski areas will take a small hit from this mild air and rain, but will easily be able to recover with the colder air returning and snow making resuming.