Danielle Niles is the Meteorologist for CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV Morning (4:30AM-7AM) and Noon News with co-anchors Kathryn Hauser and Chris McKinnon.
A native of Weymouth, MA, Niles joined WBZ-TV News from New England Cable News where she spent five years as weekday morning meteorologist.
Before that, Niles was a forecaster at Weather Services International in Andover, MA where she provided forecasts for private companies.
Niles is a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Lowell where she earned her bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, and was captain of the women’s varsity soccer team.
She then went on to earn a master’s degree in meteorology at Florida State University.
Boston’s WBZ-TV and sister-station myTV38 (WSBK-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.
We’ve pretty much dissected the cold every which way this week. It’s here. It’s going to be brutal for a couple of days. And then it’s out as quickly as it came in. Don’t underestimate the power of this arctic air mass.
Areas of light snow have developed this morning as some upper level energy slides over southern New England; expect additional bursts of snow to come through this afternoon and early evening. Our atmosphere has a lot of instability today, so similar to summertime thunderstorms, any snow showers that develop today could get a little “feisty” so to speak.
It’ll be nice to have a quiet weekend weather wise after last weekend’s blizzard and soaking rain the weekend prior to that. Now we’ve been talking about some unsettled weather for today all week along…so let’s break down what to expect for your Friday.
While the mid-Atlantic is getting hit hard by a blizzard, New England will largely be spared during a weekend storm.
Not 1, not 2…but 5, count them, 5 planets will be visible in our pre-dawn sky. Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will grace our sky in a diagonal line from southeast to southwest respectively. According to astronomers, this hasn’t happened in 11 years. To view the planets you need just one thing: your naked eye. Ok, maybe two more things…clear skies and your winter gear! The best time to head out is 45 minutes before sunrise (which is 7:08 AM tomorrow). You can see most of the planets as early as tomorrow, but to see all five, you’ll need to wait until January 22nd.
Our weather is going to change pretty dramatically by the time the day is done. A clipper system coming out of the Great Lakes will slide through New England this evening and intensify once it hits the coast. Any accumulation, no matter how small, coming in the middle of a commute will undoubtedly cause some issues.
The arctic cold is on its way out of here. Yesterday’s highs only reached the 20s, and it was the wind that really added the bite to the air. This afternoon won’t be nearly as chilly as yesterday; after starting in the single digits and teens in many communities we’ll rebound quite nicely into the upper 30s and low 40s.
An arctic front is pushing through the region this morning delivering our first real dose of bitterly cold air to New England. In fact, temperatures today won’t rise at all; we’ll gradually fall through the 20s this afternoon. Add a strengthening north wind on top of that and we’re talking real feel temps in the teens at the warmest time of the day.
This will not be a major winter storm for us here in southern New England. But, it is the first wintry event of the season – and timing is everything.
This Christmas Eve has already been a record breaking one, and there’s more to come.