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More snow could be heading to New England next weekend

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Frozen snow on a wooden fence in Hingham after an overnight storm. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

With the first snows of the year behind us, it’s a good opportunity to reflect and anticipate what’s to come next week at 10 days.

Sunday’s snowfall was the first measurable for Boston this season. I took a look at previous years to see when the first measurable happened and how many usually fall. You can see in the table below, sometimes the first snowfall was a hit storm. Other times it was much smaller.

More snow could be heading to New England next weekend
The data for the first and last snow of each year can be sorted in different ways. –NOAA

This is the last time we had to wait for measurable snow since 2015. In 2000, it took until mid-January before the flakes were measurable. There was also a relatively long gap between the last spring snowfall and now.

By the way, the first snowfall at Logan Airport was on October 18, 2009, but October 10, 1979 was the first for most areas.

Generally this week it will be dry and cold until Thursday. There will be some moderation and temperature with readings approaching 40 degrees by the middle of the week. Most of the snow will have dissipated by then. Winds will still be a factor for the next two days which will make it quite chilly. Remember that the angle of the sun is very low at this time of year, which makes warming up more difficult.

More snow could be heading to New England next weekend
Tuesday’s high temperatures will remain in the 30s across most of the region. –NOAA

The next service system will arrive on Friday. Since this is a 5-day forecast, a lot can change, but here’s what we know now.

First, if we were to get a storm system, there would probably be a lot of humidity. Second, the difference between heavy snow and heavy rain will be difficult to determine until we get closer to the event. Finally, the areas most likely to see heavy snowfall will be away from the coastline. But it is not impossible that depending on the path of the storm, areas closer to the coast may see snow.

More snow could be heading to New England next weekend
A coastal storm is likely to bring significant rainfall to New England next weekend. – Doorbell

Beyond this weekend, there’s probably still one or even two chances of snow before Christmas. These types of patterns can be very wet, producing large amounts of rain and/or snow.

More snow could be heading to New England next weekend
A highly amplified full latitude trough is likely to bring significant storms to parts of the lower 48 leading up to Christmas. – TROPICALTIDIBTS

The country of skiing has not had much natural snow. A significant amount in these areas is definitely a possibility. Stay tuned for the weather forecast for the next 10 days!

Daily local weather forecast

  • Today
    December 12


    Intermittent clouds

    Intermittent clouds

    34°
    24°

  • Tue
    December 13


    Sunny

  • Marry
    December 14


    Sunny

  • Game
    December 15


    Intermittent clouds

    Intermittent clouds

    42°
    39°

  • Fri
    December 16


    Rain

  • Sat
    December 17


    Mostly cloudy

  • Sun
    December 18


    Intermittent clouds

    Intermittent clouds

    41°
    29°



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