Official start of meteorological winter kicks off with flakes in New England


From FOX 25 Meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz

The weekend is here and it is the start of meteorological winter. Seems appropriate that it will be chilly Saturday with flakes in the air.

A warm front on the way will have a difficult time making it through the cold air in place in New England. The warm air will be forced up over the cold air, a process called overrunning. This will produce clouds and some light precipitation.

The air here is dry, so much of the rain or snow will be eaten up. This will hold down any chance for accumulations. Still, a coating of snow can't be ruled out for points west of Boston.

The highest elevations of Worcester county, northeast CT, northern RI, southern NH, and the Berkshires could see up to an inch of snow. Certainly not a big storm by any measure in New England, but it could make roads a bit slippery in some towns.

Day two of winter will be much more like spring. That warm front will get by us, allowing the warm air to rush in. Temperatures will rise into the 50s, melting any snow that does happen to stick. The warm air will continue into the start of the week, with a few chances for rain showers.  

Have a great weekend.