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Cold, Dreary Spring Storm Coming This Sunday for New England | New England Weather

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

To be frank, Sunday is looking quite miserable for New England weather with a cold rain falling. Some areas could see a decent amount of rain.

I've been mentioning a potential storm this weekend throughout this week, likely coming through on Sunday. This is now basically locked in at this point. To be frank, Sunday is looking quite miserable with a cold rain falling. Some areas could see a decent amount of rain.

"It's okay, we need the rain" is something that will be uttered across the region many times during small talk this weekend. People will tend to say this during small talk even when its not true, although, in this case, it's absolutely true. We are just now coming out of an unusually long dry spell for April. Much of the region is running below average on rainfall, Boston is just over two inches below average. Much of southern New England has entered "abnormally dry" in the US drought monitor. Southern Connecticut has entered a "moderate drought".

US Drought Monitor

On Sunday, a cold front will push through New England. An area of low pressure will likely develop in response to the front and push right through New England. This area of low pressure is currently looking to track right through southern New England. This is similar to what we saw on Marathon Monday, except this one is much more potent. This set up will lead to a potentially widespread soaking rain across much of the region, minus eastern and northern Maine, who will likely only see light showers later Sunday and into Monday.

Southern Vermont, southern New Hampshire, southwest Maine, and all of southern New England have a good shot at seeing a half an inch to an inch and a half of rain. Southern Vermont and the Berkshires of Massachusetts will likely be the jackpot, with up to 2 inches possible. Very heavy downpours will likely develop within the system as it pushes through Sunday. Some thunderstorms are also possible, especially at the onset early Sunday morning in southern New England.

Some ponding in poor drainage is likely, however, a bigger flood threat is not expected at this time. Rivers are forecast to crest below minor flood stage after the front pushes through. New England's recent summer preview decimated the snowpack at lower and middle elevations of northern New England, so snowmelt is not expected to contribute to flooding in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Temperatures are not going to move much from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, which is expected with a storm like this. Highs on Saturday will be cool, in the low to mid 50s with cloudy skies. Temps will drop to the 40s to low 50s for overnight lows and climb only to the upper 40s to mid 50s for Sunday afternoon. With a breeze during this storm, it's not going to be a fun day to be outside.

The weather will stay cool and unsettled for much of next week. But hey, it's okay, we need the rain.


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