A wind driven soaking rainstorm yesterday dumped over 1.5 inches of rain in some communities with generally 1 to 1.5 inches falling throughout the day and into last evening. West of Route 495 there was a period of snow and mixed precipitation with areas in northern Worcester County seeing accumulating snow of a few inches before the precipitation changed to rain.
Some area rain totals are as follows: Boston - 1.37 inches, Beverly - 1.57, Saugus - 1.49 and Bedford 1.24.
Low pressure over New England will slowly move offshore through Friday. Considerable cloudiness and occasional rain and or snow showers will cross the area today, tonight and at least through Friday morning. There is a slight chance we could see brightening skies and a peek of sun today. With daytime temperatures in the low to mid 40s both days and overnight readings in the low to mid 30s the precipitation will fluctuate between rain and snow showers with snow showers prevailing during tonight and early Friday. The precipitation will generally be on the light side. A coating to one half inch of snow cannot be ruled out through the interior tonight. During Friday the precipitation will move offshore and lift away from the area as the low moves eastward.
Low pressure will meander across the waters south of Nova Scotia into Saturday, finally lifting northeast by Sunday. However, low clouds and moist air will be locked in through most of the weekend as skies remain mostly cloudy. A few peaks of sunshine may develop but overall it is expected that the clouds dominate the skies for the weekend. Also, a few rain and or snow showers are possible but this activity will remain on the light side.
Temperatures over the weekend will range from the upper 30s to low 40s for highs, with the nighttime lows in the upper 20s inland to low 30s on the coast.
Winds over this period should remain on the light side, mainly under 15 mph, but could be gusty for a time along the coastal plain later tonight and or early on Friday.