The storm that brought heavy rain to the region back on Saturday night is still lingering over New Brunswick this morning. An upper level disturbance rotating around the base of the trough responsible for this storm will pass over the region today. This means we’ll end up with cloudier skies and the chance for a few rain/snow showers. Of course, the best chance for precipitation will be found in the mountains though a few drops or flakes are possible farther southeast this morning.
Drier conditions return for the afternoon as SW winds turn around to the NW. As downsloping starts to work its magic, a few breaks of sun are possible along the coastal plain before sunset. With southwesterly winds and no cold air in sight this side of Hudson Bay, we’ll be dealing with another day of above normal temps across the region. Look for highs around 35 in the north and 45 in SE NH.
Our fast-moving storm raced through the region last night and is already well on its way out of the region this morning. While the storm had gusty winds on its front side, there’s no strong cold air advection to be found on the system’s back side. We’ll be left with light WSW winds and relatively mild temps aloft today, which means another day of relatively mild weather is expected. High temps will range from 32 in the mountains to 45 along the coastal plain. Mostly cloudy skies are expected region-wide this morning before light downsloping brings some sunny breaks to the coastline this afternoon. No additional precipitation is expected outside of a few mountain upslope flurries.
Most of today will feature continued quiet weather as high pressure continues drifting off into the Atlantic. Clouds have already overspread the area ahead of our next storm system which is scheduled to arrive this evening. Some drizzle/fog is possible this afternoon, especially in the foothills and mountains, but otherwise any outdoor activities planned for today should be mostly dry.
Here’s a look at observed temperatures as of 6 AM. The coastline is already above freezing while the foothills are within a degree or two of the 32F mark and the mountains are safely in the 20’s. Southeasterly winds will push temps slowly but steadily upward today across the entire area. By this evening, the coastline will be well into the mid 40’s, the foothills will be a little shy of 40F, and the mountains will be right around freezing.
As a result, when precipitation arrives, most of the area will see plain old rain. The exception will be the mountains where a mix of wet snow, freezing rain, and sleet is likely. This is a fast-moving storm so even the spots that end up all or mostly snow (best shot of that is near Sugarloaf) will only pick up a few inches of accumulation. Otherwise, the biggest impact will be some slick backroads.
Closer to the coast, we’ll have different issues to contend with.
Southeasterly winds will ramp up after sunset as the storm’s cold front gets closer. Gusts in the 40-45 mph range are likely along the coastline while inland areas gust in the 25-30 mph range. While this isn’t expected to be a major southeasterly wind event, the threshold for power outage issues is lower with this wind direction, so don’t be surprised if the lights end up out for a few hours especially along the Midcoast.
The other possible issue along the coastal plain will be very heavy rain as the front slices through an anomalously moist airmass. Around 1-2″ of rain is expected to fall in just a couple hours (note the hourly precip rates on the map above) and some small stream/poor drainage flooding is expected as a result. Because the storm is swinging through just after midnight, most of you probably won’t even notice this, but if you head out early on Sunday morning, make sure to keep your eyes out for residual high water spots.
The high pressure we’ve been enjoying for the past several days is finally moving well east of the area, but we’ll be able to hang onto its influence for one more day. As a result, expect more quiet and dry weather today. We won’t be quite as sunny as recent days, though a few breaks of brighter skies are possible this morning before the next storm’s cloud deck finishes its approach. Warm return flow on the back side of our long-departed high will continue to push temps upward across the area today. High temps will range from 32 in the mountains to 45 along the MA/NH border.
Our next storm system arrives tomorrow evening and will bring rain to the coastal plain while snow and mixed precip falls in the mountains.
Today will feature another day of quiet weather as high pressure begins to drift slowly offshore. As the high moves off to the southeast, light WSW breezes will develop today. This means warmer temps will move into the area, along with a few clouds. Most of the region should start off with sunshine this morning before high clouds overspread the area from west to east this afternoon. High temps will range from 30 in the cooler mountain valleys to 45 in southern NH.
Our next storm will arrive Saturday evening with a mix of rain and snow.
Today will feature continued quiet weather as high pressure continues to linger overhead. Light westerly flow on the northern periphery of that high has pushed some low cloud cover from Lake Ontario into the mountains, some of which has escaped onto the coastal plain north and east of Portland. These clouds should dissipate this afternoon for most of the area though weak upslope flow will keep the overcast locked in over the mountains. While westerly winds don’t usually bring us our warmest airmasses, the core of the cold air we’ve been experiencing for the past couple days has now moved offshore so we’ll end up a bit warmer than recent days. Look for high temps a few degrees shy of 30 across the mountains, and a few degrees shy of 40 in SE NH. No precip is expected today.
Today will feature cool temps and generally quiet weather as a strong area of high pressure lingers just to our south. Light WNW breezes will continue this morning before calm or nearly calm conditions take hold this afternoon. Satellite imagery shows clear skies across the region this morning, and while some high clouds may drift into the region from the west this afternoon, generally sunny skies should prevail throughout the region today. Temps will remain a bit on the cooler side of climatological averages, ranging from a little above 10 in the north to a little above 20 in SE NH.