Cold air is settling into New England today, setting the stage for an icy mix of snow, freezing rain and rain as a storm system moves through the northeast Friday and Saturday. A quick changeover to rain is expected along the coast, but inland areas, especially north and west of Providence will be slower to warm with a period of snow and freezing rain expected Friday afternoon before changing to rain on Friday evening/night.
Central and northern New England will see the potential for freezing rain and sleet into Saturday.
The result: Potentially slow, slick travel conditions.
TIMING: Snow breaks out Friday early to mid-morning in central and northern New England, with some flurries and sprinkles farther south.
By Late afternoon, light snow and freezing are expected away from the immediate coast.
By 9pm, most of RI and southeastern MA will have warmed above freezing with rain expected for the night.
Farther inland, the icy conditions continue into the night. Even early on Saturday, freezing rain is still expected from Concord, NH and points north.
Off/on rain will continue through Saturday, with temperatures in southern New England climbing to near 50 by evening. While roads will likely be wet for travelers, the risk of icy conditions will be low.
Less than 1″ of snow is expected away from the coast in RI and southeastern MA with a light glaze of ice. While minor, it could make for slippery travel in the afternoon and evening.
Farther inland, minor to moderate snowfall is possible before the change to freezing rain and rain with 6″+ snow possible in northern New England.
Rain will end Saturday night with dry skies during the day on Sunday. Then, the big question is: will we get a “white Christmas”. Our chances have gone up!
A white Christmas is defined as having at least an 1″ of snow on the ground on Christmas morning. We’ll be tracking another coastal storm that will pass by New England on Sunday night and Monday. It may initially be warm enough for for some rain on Christmas eve night and Christmas morning before changing to light snow.
The Euro Ensemble members show a decent shot of 1″ or more of snow from 7pm Christmas Eve to 7pm Christmas—40-60% chance.
And the probability of 3″ has ticked up to a 10-30% chance. Again the timing is between 7pm Sunday and 7pm Monday.