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Spring Begins, But Winter Weather Returns This Week

By Terry Eliasen, Executive Weather Producer
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BOSTON (CBS) – There will be no sign of spring this week in New England.

Just when you thought we were turning the corner to warmer days, Mother Nature is reminding us that in New England, it ‘aint over ’til it’s over.

Check: Current Conditions | Weather Map Center | Interactive Radar

MONDAY’S FORECAST

We have at least two chances of snow this week. The first comes on Monday. Snow will overspread the area shortly after the morning commute and could come down steady in the late morning/midday timeframe.

It will quickly change to rain south of the Mass. Pike and in Boston and along the coast by early afternoon. It will take longer for that transition to happen north and west of Boston.

Watch Joe Joyce’s forecast.

The precipitation will taper off completely by late afternoon. Total precip amounts (liquid) will range between .25 and .50″, not a lot but enough for a light snow accumulation in some areas.

Any small snow accumulation that occurs south of the Pike will be washed away by rain. In Boston and near the immediate coastline, there may be a dusting to an inch of snow before changing to rain, while north and west of Boston from 128 to 495, 1-3″ are possible, but likely mainly on grassy surfaces and not causing much of a problem. The most significant snow accumulation will be in Northern Worcester County and Southwestern New Hampshire (mainly in elevated spots), where 2-5″ could fall there and a winter weather advisory has been posted by the National Weather Service.

MORE SNOW FOR WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY?

After a quiet Tuesday, another sizeable storm system approaches from the Midwest. Models still differ on the exact track of the system, but what is certain is that it will track to our south and make a close pass on Wednesday and early Thursday.

Temperatures would be cold enough for mainly snow across the area. It’s too early to call amounts as it depends on the eventual track, but it certainly will not a major storm. There’s another chance of a light to moderate snow accumulation.

Temperatures will remain well below normal (mainly in the 30’s) mid to late week and likely into next weekend as well. And with a more active storm track, we will likely have additional chances of adding to our big season snow totals before spring truly arrives.

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