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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

20s Thursday, Watching The Weekend

The official start to winter is still over a week away but our preview continues. An arctic front brought a reinforcing shot of cold air early Thursday. High temperatures will remain in the 20s statewide with plenty of sunshine. Clouds will increase Friday ahead of another front.  A few flurries are possible but most of the day will remain dry. The next storm will arrive Saturday and depart Sunday morning. While plowable snow is certainly possible, I don’t see this being a major snowstorm.

Without a blocking pattern, it appears a developing coastal storm will develop and move out too fast to bring a lot of snow/ice. I also don’t see the northern and southern branches of the jet stream phasing. These important factors will prevent us from getting a blockbuster snow/ice event.

 Light snow showers will break out Saturday.  With temperatures in the 20s, it shouldn’t have any trouble sticking to the ground! Snow will become steady in the afternoon. By Saturday night, here’s where things get tricky.  We’re waiting to see the track and intensity of a secondary coastal storm.  Right now we’re forecasting snow Saturday night that could mix in or change over to sleet, freezing rain and eventually rain (along the shoreline).

We should be able to give you details regarding accumulations in a day or so.  We'll keep you posted!
Tonight: Chance a few flurries. Late clearing. Low: 14-21

Tomorrow: Sunshine mixing with a few afternoon clouds, arctic cold! High temperatures in the middle 20s inland, upper 20s for the shoreline.

Friday: Increasing clouds, remaining chilly. Chance for a flurry. High temperatures in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees inland, low 30s for the shoreline.

Saturday: Cloudy with light snow developing. becoming steady in the afternoon. High temperatures in the 20s statewide. Accumulating snow is likely.

Sunday: Morning snow/mix/rain tapering off. Travel plans might be impacted depending on precipitation type. High temperatures around 30 degrees.

Monday: Mostly sunny, breezy and cold. High temperatures in the mid to upper 20s.

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