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January 6 – Glancing blow Tuesday night

A storm system moving off the Mid-Atlantic coast will likely deliver nothing more than a glancing blow of light snow to part of Southern New England on its way by Tuesday night. At this point, it looks like less than 2″ of snow for all of RI and SE MA, and less than an inch of snow in CT. A track closer to the coast would quickly double those totals, but that is not the most likely scenario. There’s also a chance that the storm heads further offshore and it brings nothing more than flurries.

Best chance of snow Tue night is over RI and E MA

Look for dry skies during the day on Tuesday with clouds increasing in the afternoon. The best chance of any snow is between 8 pm – 2 am in Connecticut, 10 pm – 4 am in Rhode Island, and 11 pm -6 am in eastern Massachusetts. The temperature should be close to or below freezing, so the snow may stick to pavement right away since its falling at night. This looks like a very minor event, but a few extra minutes may be needed on Wednesday morning to brush off the car and possibly sweep/shovel the walkway.

A trailing disturbance moves through Wednesday afternoon. It will be blustery with scattered snow showers. The best chance of a coating is in Connecticut. The temperature will reach the mid-upper 30s on Wednesday before falling below freezing at night. Thursday looks dry and cold. It will get milder on Friday with highs in the 40s.

The storm system that arrives over the weekend brings rain showers on Saturday with temps in the 50s, and a chance of steadier rain Saturday night into Sunday as it stays very warm for January. It will be dry Monday into early Tuesday before another storm threatens with a better chance of rain than snow in the middle of next week. The overall pattern looks relatively warm through mid-January. That will limit the snow threats, and it’s not until after January 15 that there is a slightly better chance of getting some snow.

Fred Campagna

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

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