Moderate snowstorm likely in SNE this weekend

The end of the workweek will continue to feature dry and unseasonably cold weather. It only reached the mid 20s on Thursday afternoon, and it will not warm up much on Friday. Thursday night will be mainly clear with lows in the teens to low 20s. Friday should be partly cloudy with highs near 30. An Arctic cold front will sneak through Thursday night and drop the temperature into the low to mid teens by early Saturday morning.

There may be a glimmer of sunshine around sunrise on Saturday before clouds quickly fill in from west to east. It will stay very cold through midday, with the temperature struggling to reach 20 degrees by noon. Light snow or snow showers are possible during the day, especially in CT, RI, and Western MA. Any snow that falls will likely stick to the pavement because of the frozen ground and cold surface temperatures. Snow will become steadier late in the day or Saturday evening.

A complex storm system heading for Southern New England on Saturday
A complex storm system heading for Southern New England on Saturday

Saturday night looks snowy inland with snow changing to rain near the coast. The wind will increase to 15-30 mph, with the highest gusts near the coast. While not a full-blown Nor’easter, the storm will contribute to hazardous travel in Southern New England Saturday night. The temperature will rise into the upper 20s inland, and mid to upper 30s near the coast by dawn. The heaviest precipitation will end by dawn on Sunday, and any rain/snow should wind down before noon. The sun may break through the clouds on Sunday afternoon with highs in the mid to upper 30s near the coast, and low to mid 30s inland.

Snow forecast map for Saturday into Sunday
Snow forecast map for Saturday into Sunday

It will be dry and cold early next week before another weather system threatens Southern New England with light snow or snow showers late Tuesday into early Wednesday.

Fred Campagna

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

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