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Blustery Winds Usher In A Weekend Chill

By Meteorologist Joe Joyce, WBZ-TV

A storm center is departing and lifting into the maritimes. This storm is also deepening into a stronger storm. Strong westerly winds wrapping in behind this low are whipping through New England today. Building high pressure to our SW is helping to enhance the gradient.  There are very strong winds aloft. It is hard to say if all of this power will mix all the way down to the ground…but it is safe to say… These winds will be strong and persistent enough to make for wind damage with fallen limbs, branches and power lines. Wind Advisory for most areas 20-30 mph winds gust to 50. A Wind warning along the south Coast including the Cape and Islands thru 8 PM for sustained winds 30-40 with gust to 60 mph possible.

The storm deposited a fresh new 6-12″ of snow across many northern mountains. From Stowe to Cannon to Sunday River and Sugarloaf are all skiing in Powder today. Even Fort Kent in northern Maine has picked up close to 20″ of snow! Upsloping  Westerly winds will keep the snow showers going for most of the day ain the Greens and Whites which could deposit another half foot of snow in spots! very jealous.  Residual clouds and a well mix boundary layer help to keep partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies from time to time in these blustery conditions. Highs will hold steady in the Lwr 40’s with mid 40’s at the coast with wind chills feeling like the 30’s. Lake effect snows from central NY are reaching the Berkshires and even flurries pushing all the way into Worcester county.

Skies will be clearing tonight as a cold front pushes off the coast. The windy conditions will still be in place, but without the energy of the Sun…will die off a bit. Still wind gust to 30+ will make for a blustery evening as lows will drop into the lwr 20’s. High pressure continues to build in from the west for Sunday. Winds from the NW will start our breezy and brisk. Windchills at dawn will be near zero. But as the storm exits and the high builds, winds will be diminishing during the midday and afternoon. A cooler more comfortable day with brilliant sunshine and highs in the upper 30’s…nearing 40 in spots.

Monday and Tuesday will feature a return to warmer weather again with temperatures climbing back into the 40’s with plenty of sunshine. SW winds will warm Monday to near 50. A weak front moves through Monday night for slightly cooler air Tuesday.

Our next weather maker comes in the Wednesday-Thursday time frame. A closed low will be tracking east and moving just south of the New England coastline. With a stationary front along the south coast and a few lows moving along it…Wednesday will be a mix of rain in the south, with wet snow in the North. Another low may drag in enough colder air Thursday to allow for any rain to change back to snow….Plenty of uncertainty this far out in terms of timing, ptype…but we will be watching it.



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