Friday, April 18, 2014
Another night of a lot of moisture will combine with temperatures falling at or below freezing to make for slick morning conditions in some areas. The foothills and mountains will certainly have icy roads, but the air may cool enough to give slippery conditions right to the coast.
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You will definitely want to check the sidewalk and side roads tomorrow to see if they are icy. Often the main roads are ok, but the less traveled ones are very slick.
A storm will pass well to our east tomorrow and Wednesday keeping any precipitation offshore and leaving us in a cool, but not cold pattern. Wednesday will be mostly sunny and as temperatures reach the lower 40s, it will be quite comfortable to be outdoors.
Thursday is shaping up as the mildest day in a while with highs reaching the 40s and perhaps even lower 50s over extreme southern Maine and south into New Hampshire. As a front crosses through the area a period of rain, beginning later Wednesday night and continuing into Thursday will ensue.
Another front will come into the picture for the weekend, right now I am not sure exactly how this front will impact our weather, but there could be some more wintry precipitation over the weekend. The exact placement of the front and the two air masses on either side of the front will play a critical role in determine what falls and what for it might take.
Early next week another storm could impact us with snow, but that is so far into the future and the atmosphere is acting very dynamic right now. This makes for major swings in the forecast and less reliable forecasts beyond a few days.
We do know extremely cold air is going to enter the upper Midwest and Rocky Mountain area this week. How that cold air spreads east and then interacts with any moisture will play a critical role in our weather over the next 10 days.
Around the House This Week I know some of you are already thinking about Christmas trees. Did you ever consider there are great trees you can add to the landscape that make great Christmas trees? Even if you don't decorate the tree, it will still be a wonderful addition in the landscape.
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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 GrowingWisdom.com, 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.