Forecast discussion: High pressure gave us dry weather today, along with milder temperatures, helping to melt some of that big snowpack. It also helped National Grid get power back to all but 2,000 customers, as of 8 p.m. Also, NStar, which handles mostly the area east of Plymouth County, has about 12,000 customers still without power.
We will see some sunshine on Wednesday morning, with increasing cloudiness during the afternoon. A low pressure system over eastern Louisiana will move up from the Southeast U.S. and move off the east coast. However, this low will continue to track off to the northeast, and stay well away from Southern New England. We will see a little light snow early Thursday morning, and will end before Thursday afternoon. Snowfall amounts will be light, with the most snowfall south of Kent County.
As we move into the end of the week, we do not have any major storm systems moving towards the region. There is a weak low pressure system that may bring some showers Friday afternoon. Also, I had mentioned in last night’s forecast discussion about the models seeing a potentially strong low pressure system moving towards us for Saturday night into Sunday. At this time, all the computer models have the low staying well offshore, and will miss us entirely. The only thing we will see from this low is some passing flurries on Saturday.
As we move into next week, we will return to some colder air coming down from Canada. Temperatures will be around freezing Sunday and Monday, before a frontal system brings warmer temperatures and some possible showers for Tuesday.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 30.
Wednesday: Limited sunshine by the afternoon with a high of 41. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 6-9 mph.
Wednesday night: Cloudy with light snow after midnight and a low of 28. Winds will come from the north-northeast at 6-9 mph.
Thursday: Light snow ending by the late morning, with afternoon sunshine. We will see a high of 41. Boston will see a dusting, Plymouth County will see 1-3 inches, and the Cape and Islands will see 3-5 inches.
Thursday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 32.
Friday: Cloudy with possible rain showers in the afternoon and a high of 46.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 29.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered flurries. Highs 39-42, lows 19-22.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 30-33, lows 14-17.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 34-37, lows 23-26.
Tuesday: Cloudy with showers developing in the evening. Highs 41-44, lows 30-33.