Good Wednesday evening!
While winter has gripped much of the Western United States with snow and bitter cold, our weather is quite pleasant! Thanks to high pressure, we enjoyed a very nice day with sunshine, light winds, and comfortable temperatures. Highs this afternoon were in the 40s and lower 50s.
A warm front will advance northward toward Southern New England tonight. That means clouds will overspread the state and a few rain showers are possible by morning. There may be a few icy spots early tomorrow morning, but that won't be a statewide problem.
A few showers are likely tomorrow, but a washout is not likely. In fact, temperatures will pop into the 50s despite abundant cloud cover. The leading edge of the cold air will pass through Connecticut by early Friday morning. At the same time, several waves of low pressure will ripple eastward along the front. The first wave will bring a period of rain during the day Friday. Temperatures will be in the 40s to near 50 degrees, but they will start to drop during the afternoon. The second wave of low pressure system will bring steadier and heavier rain Friday night. Rain will mix with or change to sleet and snow before ending late Friday night and early Saturday morning. There could be a slippery coating of snow, especially in the higher elevations.
Most of the weekend will be dry and seasonably chilly. That's good news! However, another storm system will take aim at the Northeast by Sunday evening. By then, the cold air will be firmly in place. Thus, we can expect snow and sleet to develop Sunday evening and roads will quickly become slick Sunday night. Warmer air will move in aloft later Sunday night. However, a strong high pressure system to our north will keep cold air locked in at the surface with a north to northeasterly flow. That means snow and sleet will likely change for freezing rain and it could make for a very messy Monday morning commute! This is something we'll have to watch closely. Freezing rain will change to all rain Monday as temperatures rise above freezing and the wet weather should come to an end by late in the day.
Tuesday and Wednesday will be blustery and colder. By Wednesday, temperatures will have a hard time rising above the freezing mark.
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest