Saturday November 09, 2013 | 08:58 PM
Posted by David Epstein

Snow!  Yes that’s right; some snow will fall overnight and into the first part of Sunday as a warm front comes through the area.  There is an area of rain and snow that will be breaking out overnight and bring the first accumulating snow to the higher elevations of Maine and New Hampshire.  Areas closer to the coast could see a few wet flakes mixed in with any rain showers, but I am confident there won’t be any accumulation.

The first map below shows how much snow could fall overnight through the first part of Sunday with the second map showing how the radar should appear around 9AM Sunday.

Fast moving systems are the theme for the next week. After Sunday morning, the main weather features will be a couple of cold fronts to move through and bring clouds and just the chance of some light precipitation.   Afternoon temperature readings will fluctuate several degrees between fronts, before dramatically falling behind an arctic front later Monday.


It’s quite early in the year to have an arctic front make it this far south, but that’s what we have coming Monday night.  Behind this front the coldest air of the season will blast into the area providing a couple of days that are going to feel like Christmas, not two weeks before Thanksgiving. 


The core of the cold air will be here for Wednesday when I expect the maximum temperatures to remain in the 30s along the coast.  Some spots across the mountains only reach the 20s for highs and the snow guns will be running full blast at many of your favorite ski areas.


Don’t fret, this cold snap won’t last.  Towards the end of the week temperatures recover back into the 40s during the day and may get back closer to 50DF next weekend.


Tropical Storms
No doubt you heard about a big typhoon which caused devastation across parts of the Philippines. The death toll will likely exceed 10,000, just an increadibly sad story.   That storm is now weaker but will impact parts of Vietnam and China over the next several days.  There is already another potential storm looming on the horizon for the first part of next week that could add insult to injury.  It’s unfortunate because these people suffered a major earthquake this fall as well.   It seems like they just can’t catch a break over there.
While that part of the world has experienced an active tropical season, our season has been one of the quieter ones in recent years.  The official end to hurricane season in the Atlantic comes to an end on November 30th and unless something dramatically changes, we aren’t going to see any tropical development through the end of the season.


Less Daylight
The light continues to shrink each day.  We continue to lose about 2 minutes of daylight, evenly spread between morning and evening.  The rate at which the light decreases will slow each day through the 21st of December.   At the end of November we lose about a minute and a half of daylight, but that rate slows to under a minute for the second and third weeks of December.     After the winter solstice, the light increases slowly gaining 2 seconds on the 22nd and speeds up to a minute by the end of the first week in January.  


The next 8 weeks are the darkest of the year, so try to get outside on sunny days and let the sun hit your face.   Your sleep and general mood will be better if you can expose yourself to some sunlight, especially before 1PM.  This will help keep your body clock regulated and lessen the effects of season affective disorder.


 Gardening this week

 This week my video is on raised beds and how they can help extend the season.  I show you several ways you can use raised bed or cold frames to allow your gardening to start earlier and end later each year.

I'll be updating the forecast for the week on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

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David Epstein has been a meteorologist for more than 25 years. He spent 16 years in Boston and currently freelances at WGME13 in Portland.

In 2006, David founded, a business producing educational and marketing videos for the green industry. He currently is a professor at Framingham State College, teaches Jan Plan at Colby College and owns Bloomscapes Inc., a landscape design business.

David authored "Gardens Of New England" and his work has been published in Grolier's Science Annual for 10 years. He lives in South Natick, Mass., and has a summer home in Harpswell.

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