Wet, then White and Green

It was a wet Saturday, but personally, I thought it wasn’t all that bad!  Temps in SE Mass did make it into the mid 40s, and there wasn’t any wind to make the rain go sideways…  Plus, the biggest improvement of all?  It wasn’t SNOW!  Whoop, whoop *fist bump*!  

Rain showers will taper this evening, bringing precip totals to somewhere between 0.60″ and just over an inch (SE).  Some suburb locations (Worcester, I’m looking at you) will drop below the freezing mark tonight, so patchy ice is very likely on untreated surfaces.  Overnight and into tomorrow morning we watch for patchy fog, light drizzle, and patchy ice inland.  Yes, the rain was cold rain, but it was rain.

With all of that said, we are still in a season of transition.  So, as luck would have it, there is some snow on the way for Sunday afternoon.  A quick moving system to our NW will bring in colder air and light snow showers around midday.  Our temps may start in the 40s, but will continue to drop from there.  Before lunch, we could get a quick sprinkle, and then after 12p is when the snow showers will start.  It’s going to be a wet snow, or a “snizzle,” if you will.  It’s the type of snow that is very fragile and melts quickly upon contact.  That’s why I don’t think we will see much accumulation – and on treated surfaces and main roads, no accumulation.  A coating is possible – but that’s it.  This isn’t much.  Yes, it’s bad timing, but it could also be much worse.

I mentioned too that the temps will drop as the day goes on.  Proper parade attire:  Coat, scarf, gloves, and your green hat.  

Drier weather is expected next week, but another “ninja cold front” moves through on St. Patrick’s Day which means temps will drop dramatically for the end of the week.  We’re back into the teens for lows, and struggling to get up to freezing for highs.  However, if the sun is shining – and we’ve seen this before – we might be surprised by how much those cold temps warm up in the afternoon (not to mention how much better the sun will make it feel, even if it is just 32 degrees).  Wednesday is the coldest day of the week, and by Friday we’re back to 40.  Can I get another fist bump? – Bri