BOSTON (CBS) — You don’t have to do anything more than look out your window to know it’s a mess out there.
The final part of the storm story is late Wednesday into early Thanksgiving day. Once this storm passes, we’ll be crashing from the low 60s to the upper 20s! That’s a wild swing, and I’d suggest enjoying those few hours of truly mild air while it’s here. The long-term outlook is pretty much for nothing but cold. Winter off to an early start!
As rain showers wrap up, snow showers should move in. The snow will be most likely across the Berkshires, southern Vermont, southern New Hampshire, and the Worcester Hills. Accumulation will probably be pretty light, but with rapidly falling temps we’ll have to watch for a quick round of icing up where water and snow have gathered. So especially if your travel plans take you west on Wednesday evening, be very wary of potentially slippery roads.
Speaking of traveling west…if you or a loved one is making a trip to or from western NY and PA, they’ll be dealing with the wintry side of this one. There will be enough cold air on the chilly side of the storm to produce a round of heavy, wet snow. Some areas could see up to a foot of new snow! These areas typically get most of their annual snow from lake-effect events, so its a bit unusual for them. Cities like Buffalo, Rochester, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh will be watching this one closely.
Some towns, again mainly hills, will wake up to a shallow blanket of white on Thanksgiving morning. And regardless of whether you get snow or not on the tail end of this storm, it will be a very chilly Thanksgiving this year. Bundle up for the backyard football game or 5k, with highs in the low 30s and plenty of gusty northwest winds!
The cold will linger through the upcoming weekend, with a shot for some light snow to move in on Sunday. Still a ways out and lots of hurdles to clear before we get there, but bottom line is to keep a stack of wood ready for the fireplace for the next 7 days.