Snow in the Forecast!
2015-02-05 17:28:29.000 – Caleb Meute, Weather Observer/Education Specialist
Yesterday’s slow moving cold front has now moved offshore, leading to an abrupt end to the steady snowfall received across the state. Although it snowed for most of yesterday and into today, totals were not nearly as impressive as the past few storms due to the light nature of the snow. Bedford, in Hillsborough County received the most snowfall with totals decreasing as you move to the north and west. The White Mountain Range has made out quite well over these past couple of weeks, with an active weather pattern bringing several different snowstorms through New England. As a result, ski resorts have also developed a significant snow pack, and over this next week it looks like this active weather pattern will persist.
With the cold front now moving offshore, high pressure in its wake has brought drier and much colder air into New Hampshire. Temperatures here on the summit of Mount Washington have dropped 16 degrees since early this morning and they will continue to drop into the lower 20s below zero this evening. Overnight, a temperature inversion resulting from clearing skies and diminishing winds will actually warm the temperatures for the higher summits, while allowing temperatures in the surrounding valleys to drop into the upper teens below zero.
If you are hoping for some more snow in the coming days, you’re in luck! Beginning early this weekend and lasting into the middle of next week, a series of weak low pressure systems will be sweeping through from the Ohio River Valley and the Delmarva Peninsula. These systems affecting the region one after another are a direct result of a blocking pattern which has dominated our weather for the past couple of weeks. These weak disturbances race towards the Mid-Atlantic States, and rather than drifting out to sea, they reach an air mass which restricts their motion forcing them to progress northward along the eastern seaboard. The first system will race through early on Saturday before exiting during the afternoon hours. Behind this system, two more quick hitting lows will race through dropping light to moderate snow over the state. The beginning of the next workweek looks interesting as a slightly stronger system will track just to our south and looks to give New Hampshire several inches of snowfall.
Caleb Meute, Weather Observer/Education Specialist