Quiet for now, big NE storm looms next week

Dry and seasonably cool weather will continue through the end of the week in Southern New England. High temperatures will be in the 40s Thursday through Saturday under partly cloudy to mainly clear skies. The overnight low temperatures will not be too cold, with lows generally between 25-30 degrees. The weather will be quiet in the Northeast due to high pressure stretching from Central Canada to Florida. Meanwhile, a storm will enter the Southwestern US and redevelop in the Front Range of the Rockies. That storm will travel into the Upper Midwest on Saturday before turning to the east and spreading rain and snow into the Western Mid-Atlantic and Northeast by Sunday morning.

Right now, that storm does not look like a huge deal, with mainly light to moderate rain and snow for Southern New England. The best chance of seeing snow is away from the coast, especially north of the MA Pike. Rain/snow showers will continue Sunday night as the system slowly moves east. The temperature in RI and SE MA will be above freezing, so, even if some snow falls, there will likely not be accumulations. That outlook would only change if the storm travels much farther south than currently projected by the computer models. Some rain and/or snow is likely in Foxboro, MA during the afternoon and night – having an impact on the tailgating and Patriots-49ers game.

Major Nor’easter possible next week

The storm will move slowly into the Atlantic Ocean Monday into Tuesday. At the same time, another, more powerful, storm will be developing over the Southeastern US. Snow and rain may linger in the Northeast between the two systems. The second storm could be a doozy for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. As outlined in the Computer Model Trend analysis for Right Weather Pro members this morning, there will not be a lot of cold air in Eastern Canada or the Northeast, so the track of the storm will be critical if Southern New England is to receive snow. Right now, the biggest threats are heavy rain, strong wind, and coastal flooding in RI and SE MA. Again, a storm track slightly farther south would bring some snow into the mix. The storm may be a slow-mover and could have an impact in the Northeast for a couple of days. The bottom-line is it’s a forecast worth watching.

Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #756 AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist #126

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