A seasonably strong storm is advancing up the Saint Lawrence Valley today which means we’ll dust off our inland cutter playbook including everyone’s least favorite hits “Baby It’s Icy Outside”, “Let it Rain”, and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like April”.
The first will be most applicable inland this morning where reports are coming in of freeing rain, sleet, and even a little snow northeast of Farmington. Accumulations won’t amount to much, but your morning commute will be slow and slick regardless.
A break in the action arrives midday while southwesterly breezes pick up and lift coastal areas into the mid 50s. As per usual, warm fronts go to die over the hills of Northern New England this time of year so the foothill and mountain cool spots will crawl above freezing ever so slowly and probably won’t get much above 35. Warmer locales west of the higher summits will get into the mid 40s.
By sunset it will be time to let it rain as the storm’s cold front sweeps in from the west. Rain will arrive in western NH around 5 PM before moving into Maine around 6-7 PM. Embedded in this rain will be a line of decaying thunderstorms that could mix down some gusty winds and will finally scour out the low-level cold leftover from this morning in the foothills. A rumble or two of thunder is possible as well.
Winds flip around to the west behind these storms and the mountains will see rain change over to snow before drier air moves in. The higher summits could pick up a couple inches as upslope flurries continue into tomorrow.