Friday 1/1/21 AM Update

Good morning and welcome to 2021!!!!

The year starts off with clear skies, along with a low temperature around 22 to take place closer to sunrise. Today’s high will be 40, with a few clouds developing toward the afternoon hours, but otherwise sunny skies will rule the day. Winds will be mainly light and calm. Clouds increase further after sunset; the Friday night low will be 30 as we see a mixed precipitation event in which every main precipitation type – snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain – may fall.

Expect a widespread coating to 2″ of snow and sleet and a trace to 0.05″ of ice/freezing rain. Precipitation begins around midnight, likely starting as snow (or as rain and quickly changing to snow) before becoming a difficult to predict mess overnight. Confidence is high in this being a mixed bag event, but the exact timing of changeovers and when a certain precipitation type will be falling is tougher to nail down. In any case, regular rain should begin to prevail for good not long after sunrise, and rain ends in the early afternoon as temperatures rise to around 38 degrees. Driving will be difficult in the overnight hours into tomorrow morning, so be careful.

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We get a brief rest Saturday night (low 24, mostly cloudy) before our next storm chance Sunday. The morning looks to most likely be dry, but precipitation likely develops in the late afternoon and evening. Most likely this will be a mix of rain and snow, with the possibility of several more inches of snow overnight Sunday night into Monday morning. Given I am forecasting a high around 39 Sunday, precipitation likely starts as rain, probably flipping to snow at some point Sunday night, and changing back to rain Monday morning, but there is still a lot to figure out so stay tuned. Precipitation would be favored to end by early afternoon Monday, with a high around 37. Monday night will be mostly cloudy and 27; Tuesday will be mostly cloudy and 41.

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Have a great day! I’ll have more storm info if needed later.
-Nathan

 

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 20 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am in 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 on Dracut Weather (also on Twitter and Facebook), 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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