Power outages continue to climb through the tens of thousands in northern New England this morning along with damage reports from accumulating ice in northern VT and parts of Maine. How is this storm going to impact us in southern New England? Well we are on the warmer side of the map this time around. In fact, Providence, RI established a new record high this morning, hitting 62 degrees at 8:07! However a subtle wind shift in parts of eastern and northern MA has cause colder air to “drain” southward…meaning our temps range from the 30s to the 60s across the state! The clash of warm and cold air has also caused areas of widespread fog, locally dense…so be aware of changing weather conditions and reduced visibility out there.
An approaching cold front from the west will bring the threat for scattered showers through the day…most in the form of rain. However, southern NH and northern Essex & Middlesex Counties in MA may see a period of freezing rain this evening. Anything that develops will be brief and light – but all it takes is a trace to cause a few slick spots. So if you live in those areas, watch your car thermometer closely as it may dip to around the 32 degree mark.
Tomorrow morning, those same areas may see a touch of freezing rain briefly before changing over to plain rain. To put this in perspective…I’m not anticipating outages or damage like our friends to the north; just use caution for some slippery spots.
Otherwise, steady rain will taper to showers but not until late tomorrow, so have the wet weather gear with you. Behind this front, high pressure will build in the Northeast. bringing quiet but cold weather through midweek (so Santa will have no weather related issues for his busy night)!
I’m filling in for Barry tonight, so if there are any big forecast updates, I’ll be sure to let you know.