Weather: Beautiful kickoff to spring (3/20 AM)

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Wednesday March 20th

Good morning!

Happy spring! Well, almost. The Vernal Equinox occurs at 5:58 PM ET, to take us into the new season. Of course, in this corner of the country, we know winter doesn’t go down without a fight. And there just so happens to be snow on the way to close out the work week. Let’s break it down…

Wednesday – Enjoy the last full sunshine day of the week with a comfortable high temp in the mid to upper 40s. A few fair weather clouds float by, and cirrus clouds begin to creep back in this evening, but keep the sunglasses handy. South breeze 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight – Clouds increase from west to east and thicken up by daybreak. Thanks to that blanket of clouds, however, it doesn’t get quite as cold, with overnight low temps in the mid 20s to mid 30s.

Thursday – A front slides in from the northwest bringing light mountain snow around dawn, and light spotty rain through the rest of the day for most. This first phase of a messy late week weather pattern is pretty unimpactful and moisture-starved. Higher elevations could pick up a coating to around 1″ of new snow, but most just dodge the occasional light shower or sprinkle. The temp maxes out in the upper 30s to low and mid 40s with a south wind of 10-20 mph.

Friday – Thursday’s boundary stalls off the coast and merges or phases with a low riding up the coast. This coastal storm then cruises on northeast towards Providence, Rhode Island and eventually into interior Maine. During the morning, we start with rain as temps reach the low 40s, but as the low spins to our northeast, colder air will be filtered in from around the back side, dropping temps from west to east (and mountain peak to valley floor) changing rain to snow throughout the afternoon. 

Saturday – Snow continues overnight Friday into Saturday in stubborn northwesterly flow, piling up to several inches. Exact snowfall amounts are still uncertain, but as an early estimate, we’ll go with a few inches at the valley floor, up to around one foot or more at mountain peaks and western or northern facing mountain slopes. Keep checking back as we fine tune this forecast and finesse those final snowfall totals! Cold and blustery today, with snow gradually tapering off during the afternoon and evening. Low 30s.

Sunday – Back to the sunshine! And the 40s, too!

Have a marvelous day!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Thibault

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