High-altitude weather pattern shows big dip in the stream over the Northeast with a pool of cold air lodged over the region. (WeatherBell.com)

It’s mid-May, less than two weeks from Memorial Day, but New England looks and feels like mid-March as an unusually cold spring storm lifts through the region.

Some of the higher elevations of New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, were blanketed by snow Monday night and Tuesday morning while it’s been damp and abnormally chilly elsewhere.

Up to 3 to 6 inches of snow fell near the summit of mountain areas, with amounts of 1 to 3 inches more common down to an elevation of around 1,000 to 1,500 feet. Sleet pellets and snowflakes were seen as far south as western Connecticut. Here are snow totals from Vermont and New Hampshire reported to the National Weather Service:

  • Greensboro, Vt.: 4.0 inches
  • Danville, Vt.: 3.5 inches
  • Woodford, Vt.: 3.5 inches
  • Cheshire, N.H.: 2.2 inches
  • Mount Washington, N.H.: 2 inches
  • Walden, Vt.: 2 inches
  • Stowe, Vt.: 1.5 inches

The responsible storm system is slowly pulling off to the northeast toward the Canadian Maritimes but may still deposit a light coating of snow in Maine overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday, mainly at higher elevations.

Closer to sea level, it’s been raw, windy and wet. Temperatures in Boston; Portland, Maine; and Providence, R.I., hovered in the 40s Tuesday afternoon.

This wintry pattern was set up by an unusually cold pool of air at high altitudes tucked into a dip in the jet stream over eastern North America.

For cold-weather-weary New Englanders, the good news is that this cold pool will disperse and highs are forecast to soar into the 70s by the weekend.

Snow photos

New York

Vermont

New Hampshire