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Boston weather, metro north and west: Brief warm up ahead

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It was another harsh morning on Thursday as sunrise temperatures were in the single digits throughout the area. Although temperatures recovered nicely into the mid 20s it was still some 15 degrees below the seasonal average. With the first week of March quickly coming to a close you get the feeling we just went through another week of January or February. As I mentioned in the last update we can expect the cold to ease late in the week and that begins on Friday.

High pressure has expanded out of Canada and was centered over New England Thursday. This keeps us dry and initially very cold but as the high slides offshore we get into a south then southeast air flow Friday and this is when the mercury will respond with the milder temperatures. Meanwhile, an ocean storm just misses to our south Friday night and early on Saturday, although the northern edge of its cloud shield may make it up to the Boston area.

Saturday should turn out to be a nice early March day with seasonal temperatures, light winds and a good amount of sunshine. A cold front approaches during the day and moves through here Saturday night. This brings an end to the milder temperatures, perhaps a chance of a snow flurry or passing snow shower, otherwise the main objective of this front is to cool us down once again. The air behind the front is not frigid but will drag the mercury back down to slightly below normal values Sunday.

Early next week temperatures bounce back to around seasonal levels with fair conditions. Stormy weather could arrive mid week, but way too early to introduce facts on that as yet. A week ago there was talk about a significant storm impacting the area this week and it never happened. The early call here was a glancing blow to a complete miss. This far out I am always reluctant to place too much emphasis on what “might” happen. In due time we will deal with it, if need be.

Another reminder that we set the clocks ahead one hour early Sunday morning, preferably Saturday night when you retire for the night, as we transfer to Daylight Savings Time until late in October.

72 Hour Outlook:

Tonight: Clear and cold. Low temperatures in the low to mid teens. Light winds.

Friday: Mostly sunny and pleasant with increasing afternoon clouds. Not so cold. High temperatures in the upper 30s. South to southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Friday night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Not as cold. Lows in the upper 20s to 30 degrees. Light and variable winds.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and milder. Highs in the mid 40s. Light west winds.

Saturday night: Considerable cloudiness. Remote chance of a flurry or snow shower. Lows in the mid to upper 20s.

Sunday and Sunday night: Partly to mostly cloudy and cooler. Highs in the 30s and overnight lows in the 20s.

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