Winter for Thanksgiving?

2 shots of colder than normal weather are heading to New England with a substantial warm up in between. Here’s the GFS MOS forecast for Windsor Locks over the next couple days. It looks reasonable to me and blends pretty well with the other computer models.The average low/high for today is 32/50 so you can see the next 3 days will be a couple degrees below normal and then we see a pretty substantial warm up by Tuesday and Wednesday.

Across ski country in the Berkshires and Green Mountains the chill will be even more impressive with temperatures in the higher elevations struggling out of the 30s in Saturday, below freezing all day Sunday, and overnight lows in the teens. With low relative humidity and light winds on Sunday it should be fantastic snow making weather during the second part of the weekend and through the first half of Monday.

Obviously the 2-3 day surge of warmer air after this weekend won’t be pretty on the slopes. Even with some rain likely as well the pay off could be sweet. Today’s 12z GFS (valid 18z Thanksgiving) develops a very impressive nor’easter that straddles the coast of southern New England.  For most areas in southern New England away from the coast this could produce a quick inch or two of snow or sleet followed by rain. Up in the Green Mountains, however, a track like this could produce a wintry mix and decent snowfall totals.

Before you get too excited, however, other models aren’t nearly as wintry. The European model keeps the storm much further west (which is much warmer) before the storm can redevelop off the New England coast. Still, there is a signal for some snow or sleet in the higher elevations of Vermont on Thanksgiving even with the “warmer” solution.

If you have travel plans on Thanksgiving try to keep posted on this forecast. If you have ski plans after Thanksgiving cross your fingers because you may be in luck. Even if the natural stuff doesn’t wind up falling on Turkey Day the weather following Thursday should be the coldest so far this season with some great snow making days.

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2 thoughts on “Winter for Thanksgiving?

  1. Exactly! Even if the more “extreme” solution comes to be there likely wouldn’t be much snow and ice in Connecticut anyway. The fun stuff probably stays across northern New England. FYI, the 12z Euro has a substantial and prolonged wintry mix to rain event for a lot of northern New England.

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