What a week! Temperatures were around 70 one week ago, and now it feels like we're in the teens and 20's - at best. Winter is definitely here, at least for the time being. A strong storm system is churning off the coastline providing very gusty Northwesterly winds for the region today. With all the cold air in place, we're lucky this storm didn't make a closer track, as we'd definitely be digging out from several inches of snow. What would you prefer? Today's icy wind chills or a snow storm? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
For the rest of the day, look for the gusty Northwesterly winds to continue. There have been a few ocean effect flurries/snow showers on Cape Cod today, and a few snow showers on the Northern and Western slopes of the mountains, thanks to the Northwesterly upsloping wind. For the rest of us, expect partly sunny skies today. If you have anything to do outdoors, whether it be putting up Christmas decorations or running around getting ready for Thanksgiving, you will have to bundle up.
Thankfully, the core of the cold air mass will begin to retreat a bit tomorrow. With that said, highs will remain in the 30's across the region. The wind will begin to let up a little bit, but it still will be breezy with wind chills in the 20's.
The next system will come into play Monday night/Tuesday. This time, the storm will spread precipitation into New England, unlike the last few. This storm will probably take a more inland track, allowing for warmer air to move into the region. Right now it appears that the majority of the precipitation in Southern, Eastern and Central parts of New England will probably be mainly rain, with a touch of wintry weather possible at the onset of the precipitation. The period of wintry weather could be prolonged in portions of Northern New England before the changeover. This system is still a few days away, so some details still need to be worked out regarding precipitation type.
I do want to mention that several models are indicating that this storm may linger in the vicinity of the Northeast, providing periodic rain/snow showers through the later portion of next week. This is something we'll definitely keep an eye on for Thanksgiving, but at this time it doesn't look to be too significant.