If winter precipitation was on your Christmas wish list, then you’re in luck because we’ve got it all here in New England on Saturday!
If you travel in northern New England you will see snow and in southern New England freezing rain in the morning and rain in the afternoon. The New England center gets a mixed bag.
Saturday morning we will see freezing conditions in southern New England, especially away from the coast and across northern Massachusetts to southern New Hampshire and Vermont. We will even see some freezing rain in the Boston area of southeastern Mass and Rhode Island, but temperatures are expected to rebound above freezing by mid-morning turning the precipitation into regular rain.
The tricky part of the forecast will be the timing of freezing rain across the interior. Right now it looks like we will be dealing with pockets of it in the early afternoon and could see up to a tenth of an inch of ice accretion over northern Massachusetts into southern New Hampshire and in the Lake District.
Walking and driving on ice is very dangerous, so please take every precaution when traveling this morning and afternoon. We have an early warning and will update the forecast as needed on Saturday.
The rain/snow line will reach central New England by Saturday afternoon, but that’s as far as it will go; northern areas will remain mostly snowy and could see up to 4-6 inches by the end of Sunday morning. Highs will be in the mid to upper 40s across the Cape and the Islands, mid 30s to around 40s in the rest of southern New England, upper 20s to low 30s far north.
Precipitation will decrease late Saturday evening with the rain/snow line collapsing south as cooler air follows low pressure off the coast. By the time the colder air returns to the Boston area, the precipitation will be pretty much over, but we still can’t rule out a few morning rain/snow showers with a few icy patches north and west of the city. . Clouds will slowly dissipate on Sunday with windy conditions in the afternoon as low pressure heads out to sea.
As we peak next week on our exclusive 10-day forecast, we see the possibility of more rain/snow showers by the middle of the week and another system bringing more precipitation early in the week. new Year.