It’s all about the wind and warmer temperatures on Wednesday. Unfortunately, due to the wind, you’ll feel like you’re in the 30s all day.
Northern New England will see scattered flurries as a weak system passes through our north. Southern New England will see wind gusts between 30 and 40 mph from the southwest.
On the Massachusetts coast (South Coast, South Rim, Cape Cod and Islands) we can see gusts of 40-50 mph and pockets of damage or outages until just after sunset. Then the wind will drop in breeze during the night.
Temperatures drop to the teens and 20s, down to the low 30s far south for overnight lows. Temperatures will be cold enough to support snow when our next storm system heads into the area.
A cold front drapes across southern New England during the pre-dawn hours Thursday.
Peak snowfall accumulation for southern New England will be 5 a.m. to noon. Snow will be stable, with widespread accumulation of around 1 to 3 inches for Worcester, Boston, Hartford and Providence. Isolated areas can see 4 inches of snow depending on where some higher gusts have settled.
The morning drive will be slow with the snowfall. The snow then decreases from north to south and by late afternoon the south coast will have lingering snow or a light winter mix as temperatures rise to just above freezing. The Outer Cape wind is increasing which will allow for ocean effect snow showers on Thursday evening.
Friday is a dry day with sunshine and once again cold temperatures. Highs only reach the numbers and teens, with sub-zero wind chills expected.
We are seeing a storm system off the coast for Saturday, and now the forecast models are trending even further offshore to our south. We could still see light snow and gusty winds in southeastern New England on Saturday, but the chance of snow is diminishing at this time.
Sunday through early next week remains calm, with temperatures around 30 degrees to mid-20s midweek.