Clouds On The Increase On Columbus Day

By Meteorologist Joe Joyce, WBZ-TV
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Joe Joyce WBZ-TV Meteorologist

Joe Joyce WBZ-TV Meteorologist

What a morning for northern Mountains of New England ! From Killington to Cannon, to Sugarloaf..many ski areas seeing their first snow of the season! 4″ fell on top of Mt Washington. The combo of morning sun with snow on the  colorful foliage is making for an epic start to Columbus day!

A cool clear morning  for many in SNE, but for some, areas of dense fog linger. The entire Connecticut Valley has been in the fog and low clouds.  Clear skies have cooled temps down to the dewpoints early this morning with reports of dense fog from Concord, NH to Bedford, Fitchburg, Orange, Westfield, Chicopee and Norwood. Any morning fog will lift to increasing morning sunshine. Temps have started off in the upper 30’s and Lwr-mid 40’s. Highs today will remain seasonably cool for this time of year in the 50’s to near 60 with light WNW winds. High pressure to our west is directing the cool flow in from Canada and providing the sunshine to us to start the day. The high will track over us and then off the coast later this afternoon. High clouds will be streaming into New England during the afternoon, with a greyish look to the sky to end the day, especially in SNE.

A Trough remains in place across the East with a persistent SW flow aloft. We remain in a pattern of lows tracking just south of New England along a stalled front. This has been a pattern last about two weeks now! The trough has brought an early chill for much of the nation, but there are signs that the trough will lift out next week and allow a warmer pattern to develop for much of the nation. For now, we can expect a cooler than normal week ahead…with one more low to track!

Another short wave is rounding the base of the trough and turning the corner to head back up into the Northeast. High clouds will be advancing and thickening through the evening hours tonight. A few of these showers will be approaching SNE just before dawn on Tuesday. With the high pulling off the coast and a low tracking towards New England….winds will be shifting to the East for Tuesday. Showers will be directed towards Southeast MA for the morning hours and may get all the way up to Boston. The best chance of showers will be Southeast MA with drier and brighter conditions inland in Northern and Western New England..especially by afternoon. With the chance of showers, along with cloudy onshore winds, highs on Tuesday will remain in the mid 50’s.  The steadiest showers will happen in the morning with a drier conditions afternoon. Again…outside of 495…it should remain mostly dry, but along the coast drizzle will linger for much of the day.

Wednesday will be a drier warmer day with a mix of sun and clouds with highs 60-65. But a cold front will be pushing through late which could trigger a few scattered showers or a T’storm heading into Wednesday night. Again, enough cold air in the northern Mountains for a change to snow once again! Cooler drier air will follow in to end the week leading into the start of the weekend with temps in the 50’s Saturday with sunshine. We could be seeing some patchy frost during the early morning hours at this time marking the end of the growing season for many. A warm front will push through Sunday with showers and warmer SW winds to briefly follow.

Cooler than normal for the next week, with signs of warmer times for mid-later October with a flatter flow to the jetstream.

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