Forecast discussion: After seeing a few light showers Tuesday morning, we remained cloudy with high temperatures being 20 degrees cooler than Monday’s high temperature of 61. To add insult to injury, we will see our first snowfall of 2013.
Right now, a low pressure center moving off of North Carolina is bringing some showers to southern Connecticut. After midnight, we will begin to see some light snow showers work towards Rhode Island. By 3 A.M. Wednesday morning, the entire state should be seeing light snow, with some heavier snowfall by 5 A.M. As we begin the heart of the morning commute, we will begin to see a mixture of snow and sleet, before mixing with rain by about 11 A.M. before we see scattered rain showers for the rest of the afternoon. So, the back roads and streets may be full of slush during the evening commute. Skies will begin to slowly clear Wednesday night, and we will follow that with high pressure ridging moving over Southern New England.
We will see dry weather for the weekend, and well into early next week. However, we will be seeing a few cold fronts move through the region. The fronts will not have any precipitation, but it will bring colder air over the area, starting on Thursday evening. Some warmer air will return in time for the weekend, but a new arctic cold front will bring our temperatures down to the middle 20’s to end the extended weekend. I will be watching the long range models carefully, as the American and European models are watching a coastal low develop near Long Island next Monday night. We could see some decent snowfall totals by next Tuesday, if the low stays closer to the east coast.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Light snow will begin in the city around 3 A.M. We will see a low of 30.
Wednesday: A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain by 10 A.M. over I-495 and noon at the Mass Pike before changing to all rain by 2 P.M. We will see a high of 38. We will see one to two inches in Boston, and a coating to an inch up to Plymouth County. Winds will come from the north-northeast at 4-7 mph.
Wednesday night: Scattered showers end after the evening commute with clearing skies and a low of 31. Winds will shift to the west-southwest at 9-12 mph.
Thursday: A mixture of sunshine and clouds with a high of 40.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy and colder with a low of 20.
Friday: Mostly sunny with a high of 31.
Friday night: Partly cloudy skies with a low of 22.
Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs 38-41, lows 27-30.
Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 38-41, lows 16-19.
Martin Luther King Day: Partly sunny. Highs 25-28, lows 14-17.
Tuesday: Cloudy with possible light snow. Highs 24-27, lows 20-23.