Happy Friday All!

After a busy couple of days in the weather department (& tricky snowfall forecasts!), we will all take a sigh of relief as we head into the weekend ahead. For those of you waiting for winter-like temperatures to return, this is your weekend: cold and breezy for both Saturday and Sunday. This is great news for the ski resorts who have been waiting for some prolonged cold to get back to making some snow. Not so great news if you have been enjoying the milder temperatures…

For your Saturday, we will see a stiff NNW wind persist throughout the day leaving afternoon highs in the mid-20’s feeling more like the single digits regionwide. As our departing system sits almost stationary over Nova Scotia tomorrow, a tight pressure gradient between it and the encroaching high pressure to our NW will likely continue right through the day on Sunday…

We anticipate Saturday night to be another breezy one–which will help to hold actual air temperatures up into the mid-teens. The forecasted low for Burlington will be around 14 degrees. Overnight into Sunday there is also good indication that the high pressure to our north will finally nudge in enough to erode any low-level moisture (which is helping to keep the clouds in place on Saturday). This high pressure should spell a Sunny Sunday for us! Temperatures will not respond that much to the sunshine, however–they will still hover in the mid-20’s very similar to Sunday. We also will not lose the breeze likely until early Monday AM…

As a developing ocean storm off the Carolina Coast intensifies, we expect this system to “reenergize” the frontal boundaries currently sitting offshore from our Thu/Fri system. Believe it or not, this could actually retrograde back towards New England on Monday and Tuesday. Computer models have still not resolved the specifics of this yet, but optimistically, I am forecasting a partly cloudy day for Monday. Worst case scenario, we see skies cloud back over Monday morning and stay socked into cloudier skies through a good chunk of next week. Best case scenario–our HP wins out and we see the sun for another 24-36 hours before a more unsettled middle-to-end of the week. It is possible for regions of the east coast (Boston, Providence and N.E. Maine) to actually pick up some wintry precipitation with this system (so monitor your destination forecast if you are traveling that way for the long weekend)…

Our next chance for scattered snow showers could come with a weak system Tuesday into Wednesday next week. Model guidance is also hinting at a potentially larger and wetter system for Thursday into Friday next week. Still very early in the game, but this is something we will keep our eyes on in the days ahead.

Have a great weekend!

-Meteorologist Justin Templer