Sloppy Tuesday But First A Cold Monday

Good morning!

Under sunny skies expect highs to range between 5 and 35 for today, with a few scattered 35-40 readings in southern Connecticut possible.

Let’s get to the mess in the cards for tomorrow now.

Snow

This will start as snow for the vast majority of New England. Southern New England and many in southern portions of Northern New England will eventually change over, while the far north including much of Maine will stay snow throughout. Here are my current expectations, but for many, this will get compacted due to sleet that will mix for most locations and in far southern New England this may melt very fast with rain getting involved.

Most of the snow will be a quick thump of heavy snow, but in a large part of the region, not so fast… there’s more p-type to deal with.

12 28 15 snow map 946

Sleet

This is a concern in the <1″, 1-3″, 3-6″+ and southern parts of the 5-10″ zone. Sleet will arrive through the morning (averaged mid-morning) leading to some compacting of the snow on the ground.

Freezing Rain

This is a concern for parts of Southern New England (mainly western portions). Some spots may see up to 0.25″ ice which could become an issue for tree limbs and power lines. HOWEVER, *any* amount of freezing rain will make roads extremely dangerous. Here is my current freezing rain forecast:

ice map 1105 12 28 15

Plain Rain

Expect far southern New England to be primarily plain rain with perhaps a wintery element at the start.

Recap

Tomorrow morning’s commute will be a total mess and potentially dangerous, with a quick thump of heavy snow possible (and at least fast accumulations likely) along with sleet and freezing rain.

Another update this evening. Enjoy your Monday!

-Nathan

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 19 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am going into my junior year at UMass Lowell as a meteorology major. I am the current Vice President of the UML American Meteorological Society Local Student Chapter. Prior to at UML, I attended the Dracut school system for my K-12 years, having graduated from Dracut High in 2018. I first got into weather with the December 2008 ice storm, which knocked out my electricity for 4 days. I had no idea how it could be raining and becoming ice immediately, and how rain can knock out power. (Now I do - warm layer aloft, cold air at surface). But I didn't really get into it until the heat of July 2010 and specifically a few severe weather events during that month, followed by the year 2011, which featured several high profile weather events. Since then I have had a growing interest, and am hoping to make it into the meteorology field, preferably with NOAA/NWS. But for now, I'm blogging here, helping with the UML Weather Center social media, and tweeting about the weather on my own account as well. Thanks for visiting!

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