MANCHESTER — After a soggy start to the week, Granite Staters should have a couple of clear days before rain returns the day before Thanksgiving.
According to the National Weather Service, a system that dumped heavy rain on southern New Hampshire and snow in northern areas on Sunday was expected to clear out in time for the Monday morning commute.
Monday’s forecast called for mostly sunny skies in southern areas and partly sunny skies in the north with no precipitation. The pattern was expected to continue through Tuesday before giving way Wednesday to a new system bringing more rain and some snow to the Granite State, said William Watson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.
“That will bring some colder, more unsettled weather, unfortunately, for Thanksgiving and the day after,” Watson said Sunday.
Temperatures in central and southern New Hampshire were expected to be in the mid-to-upper 40s Wednesday, so travelers heading south for Thanksgiving will likely face wet road conditions. Anybody heading north and into the mountains should be on the alert for snow, Watson said.
The forecast for Thursday and Friday is partly sunny with temperatures in the 40s in southern areas, and slightly colder temperatures in the north with a chance of snow showers.
Watson said the mid-week system was not expected to be as heavy as Sunday’s.
The precipitation was expected to clear out overnight, but with low temperatures at or around freezing, conditions for commuters on Monday could be tricky, Watson said.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were still some slick spots,” Watson said.