|Polar Vortex Bringing Cold, Snow to Parts of Northeast|
|11:16AM / Wednesday, May 06, 2020|
|Signs of spring may be wiped out this weekend as a polar vortex is headed across the Northeast. Tuesday was sunny and in the 50s but also had a frost warning for that evening. |
The date may say May, but it sure feels like it's still March. Temperatures have barely dipped into the 50s and 60s for a day or two before the weather turned cold, cloudy and rainy again.
And here we are in the first week in May or, as some call it, March 67th, with warnings of a polar vortex headed our way.
AccuWeather meteorologists say they anticipate the upcoming pattern to bring freezing conditions and — snow!
"The weather late this week to this weekend and beyond may seem unreal and downright nasty after the warmest weekend of the season so far," according to Accuweather. "After the temperature in New York City failed to climb to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during April for the first time in 80 years, since 1940, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), the high soared to 80 on Sunday.
"Unfortunately, for gardeners that jumped on the nice weekend weather and started to plant, weather more fitting for early to mid-March is coming on like a freight train."
The spring has been unseasonably cool, with frost warnings overnight on Tuesday in the higher elevation. The National Weather Service is forecasting more cold rain showers Wednesday through Thursday with the cold front beginning to arrive Thursday afternoon.
Lows will be in the 30s Wednesday night and in the 20s and 30s on Thursday night, setting up for a cold — and possibly snowy — weekend. Day temperatures won't get much past the mid-50s.
"Unfortunately with such a cold airmass expected to be place we are looking at chances for snow in the forecast even in the valleys," according to the NWS forecast discussion.
Accuweather's map shows the possibility of snow in Southern Vermont and across all of Berkshire County — although more likely in the higher elevations — while the rest of Massachusetts will get cold, gusty weather.
"Get ready to cover or bring in any sensitive plants you bought during the surge of warm weather this past weekend," Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather's top long-range forecaster, said. "It's not going to just get cold; it's going to snow and accumulate in some areas of the Northeast as well."
So make sure you cover up any plantings and bring any annuals inside. Hopefully, summer will be better than this spring in more ways than one.