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New England Weather: Record Warmth Thursday; Storm Thursday Night

A warm front will push through New England today, ushering in sprig-like warmth once again. Along with the front will be gusty southerly winds, with gusts up to 30 to 35mph possible. This warm air will peak on Thursday with highs pushing past 60 in southern New England with 50s in central New England and 40s in northern New England. Even the notoriously cold Caribou, Maine will likely push past 40 on Thursday.

Along with the warmth on Thursday, winds will remain gusty. A wind advisory is in effect for parts of central Vermont, the White Mountains and northwest Maine. Gusts up to 50mph are possible in these areas late tonight through much of Thursday.

A frontal storm will push into the region Thursday night, which will lift a warm front through most of the region. This will usher in higher dew points, so a crack of thunder is possible in southern New England Thursday night.

The center of the low will likely pass right through the middle of New England. A vast majority of New England will see all or mostly rain from this storm Thursday night into Friday morning. The exception will be northern Maine.

Rainfall amounts will not amount to all that much, with a widespread quarter inch to a half inch possible. Higher elevations of Vermont and New Hampshire could see a couple inches of snow before the changeover to rain. Northern Maine, where the precipitation will remain primarily snow, could see several inches of snow. Gusty winds will accompany this storm, although they are expected to remain below damaging levels.

Thursday night will see temperatures remain very mild. On Friday morning, a strong cold front will push through the region. The mild morning temperatures will be the high for the day with plummeting temps throughout the afternoon and evening.

Northern areas will see temps in the 30s Friday morning with afternoon temps falling into the teens. Southern New England will see morning highs in the 50s with temps falling into the upper 30s by mid to late afternoon.

Along with the cold front will bring yet another round of higher winds. Gusts of 35 to 40mph are possible in southern New England. A wind advisory may be posted for much of Massachusetts for Friday. Winter will officially be back by Friday night as low temperatures will dip into the low 20s south and the single digits and teens north.

This will not last too long, though, as above average temperatures are on tap for the beginning of next week. The region is looking to cool back down for a longer period of time starting in the middle of next week. The next storm chance also appears to be the middle of next week.



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