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April Ends Wet, Cold and Windy for the Northeast

30 Apr 2021, 6:00 am

As we close out the fourth month of 2021, April’s final days will finish on a soggy and stormy note across the Northeastern United States. As we close out the last night of April, we may even see snow work its way back into the higher terrain locations of New England and New York!

Forecast

A cold front will continue to move offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Cold air associated with the upper low is flowing in and a changeover from rain to snow showers is expected for parts of New York and New England this evening and overnight.

 

By sunrise Saturday the energy associated with the upper low will be in Canada and moisture levels will be much lower. Rain and snow will come to an end everywhere except high elevation areas of the Green Mountains.

 

Wind Alerts

We will see a lot of wind associated with the cold front Friday into Saturday morning, with gusts up to 60 mph at times across the northeast! This could bring small tree limbs and powerlines down in spots. Make sure to secure lawn furniture and other light outdoor items to prevent them from blowing away.

 

Wind gusts over the last 24 hours have peaked near 60 mph for several locations.

 

 

Accumulation

A fairly widespread swath of one to two inches of rainfall is forecast across these aforementioned regions. In northern NY, VT and NH, up to 2″ of wet, heavy snow will be possible, mostly on grassy and elevated surfaces.

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Cold Air Returns

Cold air will wrap in on the backside of this low pressure system, not only allowing rain to change over to snow but also prompting a round of frost and freeze alerts for Saturday morning. Temperatures will drop into the 30s and 40s but some areas will flirt with freezing.

Despite starting out near freezing Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon will be quite nice across the Mid-Atlantic. Highs will be in the 60s and 70s with sunshine while temperatures remain a few degrees below average in the Northeast, mainly in the 50s and 60s.

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Kara has always been passionate about weather and knew from an early age that she wanted to become a meteorologist. Living in different regions of the country and experiencing weather events ranging from ice storms to tornadoes drove her to pursue a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. Throughout college, storm chasing became a regular event for Kara, where she saw fir... Load Morest-hand the power of the atmosphere. Kara graduated cum laude from OU and decided to further her meteorology education with a Master's degree from Mississippi State University. The deadly April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak struck while Kara was studying at MSU; her first “Dixie Alley” tornado event and an up close glimpse into the destruction of the storms she so closely studied. Her broadcast career began in Elvis’ birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi, where she earned her Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society. Kara's career has included coverage of all types of severe weather including tornado events, flooding and tropical systems across multiple southern states. Recently she helped cover the 2020 Easter Sunday deadly tornado outbreak in southeast Mississippi. In her free time, you can find Kara outdoors exploring new areas with her mini poodle,Truffles. Kara is also an avid runner and frequently races in 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons.