Record Cold Mother's Day Weekend Expected

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Despite recent warm temperatures and sunny skies, New England is bracing for an unseasonably cold mid-May weekend ahead.

Between Friday and Mother's Day, weather experts say the east coast will experience a record-setting cold, with frost expected as far south as the Carolinas. Meanwhile, the northeast is going to see heavy rains, high winds, and even some snow.

According to Boston's National Weather Service, a cloudy Friday afternoon is expected to lead to rainfall overnight, with higher elevations towards western Massachusetts possibly getting an inch or two of snow.

While snow is primarily expected in higher elevated areas, it is possible some wet flakes could fall further east. With temperatures staying in the 40's overnight, meteorologists say any snow around Boston should be gone by Saturday morning.

While it is rare to see snow this late into Spring, it is not unheard of for the region. According to WBZ-TV's Sarah Wrobleski, the latest measurable snowfall recorded in Boston was half an inch on May 10th, 1977. There was also snow in western parts of New England as recently as May 2008.

Boston NWS says Worcester reported a trace of snow in May of last year.

Meteorologists say temperatures will remain low into Saturday morning, when the storm system will have moved into the Gulf of Maine, and intensifying low pressure may cause it to become a bomb cyclone.

Saturday afternoon into Saturday night there will likely be unseasonably cold temperatures in the 40's across New England, but it'll feel more like the 30's due to gusting winds up to 40 mph.

As those low temperatures and high winds continue into Sunday morning, meteorologists say there could be another record low for the start of Mother's Day, which was last set in 1962 with 36 degrees. However, it is expected to warm up into the high 50's by Sunday afternoon.

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