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Boston weather: A record breaking low for Friday?

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on March 14, 2014. Mostly sunny skies are expected.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on March 14, 2014. Mostly sunny skies are expected.

Forecast discussion: Lucky for Boston, most of the precipitation from yesterday’s storm fell in the form of rain. In Sharon, VT, they received 26 inches of snow. After seeing a full day of wet weather, including a coating to 2 inches of snow in eastern Massachusetts, skies will begin to clear this evening. However, this will also allow for the mercury to drop to a possible all-time record low. The record for Friday morning is 12 degrees, set back in Boston in 1896. As you can see from my forecast, this evening’s temperature may tie the record.

High temperature forecast for March 14, 2014

As we move into Saturday, the temperatures will increase thanks mostly in part to southwest winds. However, the winds will be rather strong during the day, and will continue into this evening. Temperatures will remain steady Friday night, as I expect clouds to be increasing. We will see rain showers, as there will be too much warm air in the upper levels to make the precipitation snow. We will see showers into Saturday morning, but skies should begin to clear through the afternoon. Saturday will be the warmest day of the weekend, as temperatures reach 50 degrees.

Sunday will be dry but cooler as a cold front from the low that brought showers on Saturday passes through New England. As we move into the start of the workweek, my eyes will be watching a low pressure system developing in eastern Texas. This low will quickly move up the east coast and off the Mid-Atlantic coastline for Sunday evening. This low right now will provide Boston with flurries and possible light snow. There is still the chance the system moves further out to sea. For now, I am keeping light snow in the forecast, as the computer models continue to track the low more and more back to the west.

We will remain dry with temperatures warming once again on Wednesday. A low pressure system will bring some possible showers by Wednesday night, and continue into Thursday. Southerly winds will help keep temperatures above freezing, as daytime highs on Thursday reach the middle to upper 40’s.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Clear skies and bitterly cold with the mercury falling to 12.
Friday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and warmer with a high of 35. Winds will come from the southwest at 13-16 mph.
Friday night: Increasing clouds with possible rain showers by 2 a.m. and a low of 34. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 14-17 mph.
Saturday: Overcast with rain showers by mid-morning, but ending by noon with mostly sunny skies. It will be milder with a high of 50.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 28.
Sunday: Mostly sunny skies and cooler with a high of 36.
Sunday night: Increasing clouds with a low of 21.

Extended Forecast:
Monday: Cloudy with light snow developing around 6 a.m. Snow ends around 7 p.m. Highs 28-31, lows 19-22.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 34-37, lows 23-26.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny through the early afternoon, with increasing clouds and possible rain showers by 10 p.m. Highs 41-44, lows 30-33.
Thursday: Rain showers ends around 4 p.m. Highs 46-49, lows 32-35.

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