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Unsettled Weather Continues; Light Snow, Ice for Northern Areas Through Saturday

New England will be looking at unsettled weather over the next few days as two weak storm systems make their way through the region.


THURSDAY-FRIDAY MORNING


Rain showers will continue to lift northeast throughout the day Thursday. Steadier rain will come to an end in southern New England this afternoon, however scattered showers will persist across New England through the entire day and into tonight. During the overnight hours Thursday to Friday, showers will be most likely across northern New England, though isolated showers may still pop up in southern New England.


Expected weather 3pm Thursday:


This comes as a weak storm system slowly makes its way northeast through the Gulf of Maine. These showers will fall mainly in the form of rain, although some light mixing/freezing rain will be possible across central and northern Maine early Friday morning. Any ice accumulations will be light, likely a tenth of an inch or less.


Expected weather 2am Friday:



FRIDAY AFTERNOON-SATURDAY MORNING


The scattered showers will persist throughout Friday as Thursday's storm exits and another begins to approach. Friday's showers will again be mainly in the form of rain, however, colder air will begin to try to sink southward in the afternoon. This will allow for snow showers in northern Maine starting in the afternoon.


Expected weather Friday around midday:


In a forecast post on Tuesday, we wrote "...if a more organized low is able to develop, there could be more widespread precipitation Friday afternoon into Saturday morning with a chance for some light snow accumulations across the interior."


It does look like that will happen as an upper level system will cross northern New England Friday night. This will support a weak secondary low forming near the coast of Maine and tracking eastward. This will allow more widespread light precipitation to fall.




By Friday evening, scattered showers will begin to fill back in across northern New England. Southern New England will stay mainly dry during this time, with only spot, isolated rain showers occurring, though clouds will continue to persist. The showers will mainly rain at this time, but northern Maine will likely continue to see light snow.


As colder air filters south, the scattered rain showers will transition to scattered snow showers from north to south across northern New England. By Saturday morning to early afternoon, scattered snow showers/mixing will likely be occurring across the northern tier of New England including much of Maine (away from the coast). Isolated to scattered rain showers will persist south of the mountains.


Expected weather Friday evening (1st image) and Saturday morning (2nd image):


Much of New England will see a general drying trend Saturday afternoon, though clouds will hang around all day. Snow and rain showers will persist for most of the day across the higher elevations as well as eastern Maine. By Saturday evening, showers will have reduced to some spotty, isolated activity across the mountains and northern Maine.


Expected weather Saturday afternoon:


When all is said and done by Saturday evening, light snow accumulations will have occurred across the higher terrain and much of Maine. This is a weak system that will only produce scattered, light snow showers, so accumulations are expected to remain under a couple inches for most. Central and northern Maine could see up to three to four inches, but remember this amount will be falling over the course of 24+ hours.


There will also be the chance for another round of freezing drizzle across central Maine as the transition from rain showers to snow showers occurs. A glaze of ice will be possible with currently low probability of up to a tenth of an inch. This would create slippery driveways and walkways.




NEW YEAR'S EVE-DAY


This unsettled weather looks to clear out just in time for the countdown to 2024 as brief ridging takes the place of the trough. Temperatures will be seasonable and dry with more by way of sunshine. There could be a weak disturbance to move through New England on New Year's day, but this would likely just create a quick, spot shower or flurry.


Highs will be in the mid 30s to low 40s in southern New England and the upper 20s to upper 30s in northern New England. Midnight Monday is looking dry and chilly, just what is expected in the middle of the night in the winter.


BEYOND


Heading into the new year, the week is looking mainly quiet and seasonable, though some disturbances may trickle through, bringing the chance for spotty, quick showers, similar to New Year's Day. A vast majority of next week is looking dry. The next potential more widespread system will likely enter the picture late next week.




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