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Boston weather, metro north and west: Mild and wild Saturday

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Light snow worked its way into the local area during the morning commute laying down a quick coating of snow. Usually the Friday morning commute is lighter than the other days and the usual traffic delays either are far and few between or don’t exist at all. But, when you add snow into the equation, no matter how little it may be, that changes the dynamics of the commute. Several spin out accidents were reported in the area, most notably along Route 128 in the Danvers and Beverly area with other locations feeling the impacts of the light snow and slippery roads as well. As a result the commute was one that required a lot of patience for many of us. The timing of the snow, not the amount of it, was the downfall to the bad start getting off to work or school.

Although today was a few degrees milder than yesterday we are still another day away from the much advertised warm up this weekend when temperatures are expected to climb into the 50s Saturday and still remain in the 40s Sunday.

A vigorous low pressure system will move across the western Great Lakes into Canada over the weekend with a secondary low developing to our south. A cold front will push through here late Saturday night or very early Sunday morning but before it does so there will be a strong southerly flow out ahead of the front which will bring the warmer temperatures Saturday. There will be a widespread area of precipitation ahead of the front as well. The rain quickly becomes steady with local downpours in the afternoon and evening. Rain tapers to showers late overnight before coming to an end very early Sunday. Rainfall totals generally between 1 to 1.5 inches, with the higher amounts in those locations that get the heavier downpours.

Although it will be a bit cooler on the backside of the front on Sunday temperatures do remain above normal as the air mass behind the front is not all that cold. Unfortunately a strong and gusty west wind will keep it blustery through the day despite a return to sunshine.

High pressure returns by Monday and it remains mild for this time of year. Our next chance for precipitation, most likely in the form of rain showers, is Tuesday as the next frontal system approaches.

Back to dry weather Wednesday as temperatures continue on the mild side.

If you are attending the Patriots game Saturday night there is no doubt it will be wet and a gusty southerly wind will be in place. The upside, temperatures in the upper 40s.

72 Hour Outlook:

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and not as cold. Spotty drizzle possible late, chance of freezing drizzle well inland, along with areas of patchy fog. Chance of showers by daybreak. Low temperatures in the low to mid 30s. Light south winds.

Saturday: Mist and fog with spotty showers in the morning, transitioning to a steadier rain later in the day. Local downpours possible late day. Becoming warmer and windy. Highs into the 50s. South winds gusting 30 to 35 mph by evening.

Saturday night: Windy and mild. Rain, locally heavy at times, diminishing to showers after midnight. Temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s early, gradually taper back into the low 40s by morning. Gusty south winds to 45 mph possible, shifting to the west after midnight and diminishing to 12 to 22 mph.

Sunday: An early shower possible, otherwise partial clearing, windy and mild. Highs in the mid 40s. West winds gusting 30 to 35 mph.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy and cooler. Lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.

Monday and Monday night: Partly cloudy, becoming mostly cloudy overnight. Highs in the mid to upper 40s. Overnight lows in the 30s.

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