The blocking pattern that has plagued our area with considerable cloudiness, cool temperatures and the occasional sprinkle or flurry will continue to influence our weather into the early work week. Low pressure over the Maritimes has actually backed in toward New England and this will push some snow flurry activity southward into eastern Massachusetts this morning, with a sprinkle of rain possible this afternoon. The weather theme remains the same through Monday with more clouds than sun and a chance of a flurry or sprinkle.
Temperatures will also remain about the same as the last several days. Expect highs in the upper 30s to low 40s and overnight lows upper 20s inland to low 30s on the coastal plain. Winds remain under 15 mph, generally blowing from the west and northwest, although right along the coast the winds may become a bit gusty Monday and Tuesday as the Maritime low continues to retrograde and the pressure gradient tightens.
Mostly cloudy skies still persist into Tuesday and a shower of snow or rain cannot be ruled out. Highs may climb to near 45 degrees, with the mercury falling back to a range of 30 inland to 35 on the coast for Tuesday night. Winds turn north to northeast.
Low pressure will move through the Tennessee Valley early in the week and is forecast to be positioned near the Virginia Capes by Wednesday morning. After that it is expected to move well south of New England during the Wednesday night and Thursday time period as it blows up into a significant ocean storm. This scenario will keep the heavy precipitation south of our area. However, we will still deal with gusty winds and perhaps coastal impacts as the storm to our south and high pressure to our north create a strong easterly wind. With the onshore flow there is the possibility of rain or snow showers at times Wednesday and Wednesday night. High temperatures in the upper 30s to 40 degrees Wednesday and Thursday. Overnight lows Wednesday night near 35. One last note, the door remains open for the possibility the storm track takes a more northeasterly turn and this would enhance impacts in our area. Right now that appears to be a low threat.
Thursday looks to be a cloudy, raw and breezy day as the storm to our south begins to pull away.
One week from tonight we enjoy an extra hour of daylight as Daylight Savings Time returns. We will turn the clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night. The downside, we lose an hour of sleep because of the time change. Let the grilling begin.
Have a good Sunday.