Today’s weather forecast can be summed up pretty well by saying something along the lines of “all of the above” as a strengthening storm moves overhead. Heavy snow? Check. Severe thunderstorms? Check. Sea breeze? Check. Mild late-spring temps? Check. Bitter cold winds? Check. Freezing rain and sleet? Check. Upslope snow? Check. Not sure what we’re missing at this point.
Here’s how everything should shake out today.
This morning, snow is falling up in the mountains and may occasionally mix with sleet and/or freezing rain. 2″ of snow has been reported so far in Rangely and another couple inches are possible especially above 2500ft. Meanwhile to the south, warm southerly breezes and bright sunshine will push temps into the 50s and 60s over the next few hours.
By midday, we’ll have built up enough instability over the foothills and coastal plain to start talking about thunderstorms.
The first round of storms looks to be developing now over the Hudson Valley and should reach New Hampshire around noon. By the time the forecast map above is valid (2 PM), storms will be entering Maine and could bring damaging winds as well as small hail and lightning. Temps will rise into the mid/upper 60s ahead of these storms in southern NH and adjacent parts of SW Maine while a sea breeze kicks in along the Midcoast and holds temps into the 50s with patchy drizzle/fog possible.
By 6 PM, the storm will be tracking right through the foothills and colder air will be on our doorstep. Snow will redevelop in the mountains and will fall heavily especially on the NW-facing slopes as winds flip around and start carrying cold air in from Canada. At the leading edge of the cold air, another round of severe thunderstorms will pose a wind/lightning threat especially in the foothills. These storms will weaken as they track into cooler and more stable air east of I-95.
No matter what type of weather you prefer, enjoy it today!