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Weather: Snow Returns

By J.R. Moskaitis

Last night’s snowfall marks an end to three consecutive weeks of almost no precipitation, and signifies a bit of a change from our recent cold and dry pattern. For the last few weeks, the Northeast has almost continuously been ensconced in the middle of cold, dry air masses originating in the Arctic. Hence, as storm systems developed on the southern and eastern peripheries of the cold air, they stayed well away from this region. However, in the past few days the center of the arctic air has shifted westward, leaving us exposed to storms riding up its eastern flank. Last night’s system looks to be the first of three such storms. After a brief respite tomorrow, the next storm is expected to bring some light snow Friday into Friday night. The track of this storm is highly uncertain though, so keep abreast of the latest forecasts. Finally, a third storm is anticipated sometime early next week. Between storms, expect bursts of cold and windy weather, much like we have become all too familiar with recently.

Extended Forecast

Today: Morning snow tapering off to flurries by afternoon. High 26°F (-3°C).

Tonight: Clearing and becoming windy. Low 15°F (-9°C).

Thursday: Very windy, with scattered snow showers. High 23°F

(-5°C).

Friday: Light snow possible late, likely during the night. High 27°F

(-3°C).

Saturday: Sunny, but cold and breezy. High 22°F (-6°C).

Sunday: Continued chilly. High 26°F (-3°C).