Clear skies are noted across much of the region this morning (except for some upsloping in the mountains) as a cold front moves off to our east. Dry air moving in behind that front will set the stage for our next interesting weather event later tonight. Ahead of that system, expect clouds to gradually increase from SW to NE later this afternoon/evening. High temps today will range from around 40 in the north to the upper 50s along most of the coastal plain.
So about that interesting weather tonight… well against all climatological odds, we are indeed getting some snow tonight/tomorrow morning as a nor’easter rapidly develops over the Gulf of Maine. Precipitation will arrive just after dark tonight in the form of rain for most outside the higher terrain. As temps cool in response to the diurnal cycle, evaporation, and advection by northerly winds, expect the rain/snow line to make a run towards the southeast beginning around midnight. By sunrise tomorrow, flakes will likely be flying all the way to the coast.
Any accumulations will be minimal outside the higher summits. Lower elevation parts of the mountains should pick up 3-6″ with 1-3″ in the foothills and a dusting at best along the coastal plain. Any snow that falls will quickly melt tomorrow as the sun comes out behind the storm. So this is a low impact event in every respect except to those who depend on warmth and sunshine to brighten their mood in these strange times. To those folks: you’ll get your preferred weather starting in a week to 10 days or so as we move out of “early spring” and into “late spring” (yeah, we’ve sorta skipped the middle part this year haven’t we).