Weekly Outlook

Weekly Outlook: May 13-19, 2019

We’ve been reminding you for a while now that it’s snowed around here into May before, and that was why we were reluctant to say that it was time to put away the shovels and snow brushes. Well, despite the fact that it’s mid-May, we’re still not there yet, as yesterday’s sleet should have reminded you.

Accumulating snow in mid-May? It’s happened around here before, back in 2002. Image provided by Tomer Burg.

We’ll start Monday off dry, but that won’t last long. A storm system will bring more precipitation in late in the day and into Tuesday. That precipitation will not be just rain for parts of the area. Sure, most of us will see rain, but some sleet and/or wet snow could be mixed in. Once you get into the hills, especially the Worcester Hills and the Monadnocks, there will almost certainly be some accumulating snow. Yes, it’s mid-May, and while this is rare, it’s not unheard of (see map above). The rain should come to an end on Tuesday, but with an upper-level low moving across the Northeast, we’ll remain cool on Wednesday with some more showers possible.

Several inches of snow may fall across the higher elevations of the Northeast over the next few days. More than a foot is possible in the White and Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

So, things start to get better on Thursday, right? We’re not that lucky. Another system comes along and brings in more rain for Thursday into Friday, then a cold front brings in even more showers on Saturday. Sunday is when we *should* finally see some improvement (we hope). While the rain may hang around that long, we should start to warm up for Friday and the weekend as an upper-level low pressure area moves out of the region. How warm we actually get is still to be determined, but we should at least be closer to normal, which is highs in the middle to upper 60s. Some models have it a little cooler than that, some a little warmer, some a lot warmer.

Average high temperatures for the middle of May are in the middle to upper 60s around here. We’ll be well below that for the first half of the week. That should change for the end of the week. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

Monday: Some sun in the morning, then becoming cloudy and breezy with rain developing late in the day. High 49-56.

Monday night: Rain, heavy at times, mixed with some sleet and/or wet snow at times, especially at higher elevations. Low 35-42.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, showers taper off in the morning. High 42-49.

Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 34-41.

Wednesday: More clouds than sun, chance for a shower or two. High 52-59.

Thursday: A few sunny breaks early, otherwise mostly cloudy with some showers likely. High 59-66.

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy with more showers possible, especially in the morning. High 60-67.

Saturday: Cloudy with some additional showers. High 62-69.

Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds. High 63-70.

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