Old man winter is back from hiatus and he plans on hanging with us for a bit! Quite the storm that just two days ago was a "miss" for just about all of us. Storm tracks change and this one certainly did–passing about 150 miles closer to us than earlier thought. the result was a respectable snowstorm with many cities 7 towns picking up between 6-12" of snow. It was a storm that had moisture and lacked bitter cold air resulting in a heavier, wetter snow than any of our storms last winter. This snow, like people, was rather clingy, sticking to street signs, trees  as well as power lines and unfortunately a little too much snow which brought down some trees and disrupted power as well. the storm exits stage right overnight, setting us up for a nice winter weekend!

Both Saturday & Sunday offer a mix of sun & clouds and with a continued void of arctic air, it will actually be somewhat enjoyable to get out & play in that snow—XC skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing and perhaps snowmobiling as well. If tomorrow is clean-up from the mess, take it easy as that snow is loaded with water–a heavy lifting required–bend at the knees & drink your water (stay hydrated).

Early next week is delicate as there will be two storms we watch. the first looks to scoot southeast of New England but may still be able to toss some light snow showers into New England on Monday afternoon. the second could end up being quite powerful & affect us on Tuesday. the trick is if storm #1 steals all the ingredients from the atmosphere–essentially preventing that 2nd storm from really developing. We will have a better idea on these two systems over the weekend but for now, plan on a couple of days of snow showers & patchy light snow which will likely require some shoveling/plowing each day.

Enjoy your weekend.

~JR

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