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Boston weather, metro north and west: More ups and downs this weekend

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The weekend has arrived and so have clouds and a few light showers to start your Saturday. We have a low pressure system centered in southern Quebec this morning. It will swing a strong cold front through here this evening. Ahead of the front gusty southwest winds deliver above normal temperatures this afternoon with showers becoming more isolated after this morning. Periods of sunshine will develop later in the morning through the afternoon hours. Once the cold front passes temperatures fall below normal once again for Sunday, more so on Monday and continuing into Tuesday.

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Strong Canadian high pressure will be the dominant feature Sunday into Tuesday. With a developing low pressure system across the south over the weekend, becoming centered near the North Carolina coast by Monday morning, one would think we have a good set up for a winter storm early in the week. However, high pressure will shunt the storm far enough south so that it moves out to sea and is not expected to impact the local area on Monday. The down side of this set up will be the below normal cold that will be entrenched over the region early next week. Monday will run close to 15 degrees below normal for mid March and that is still a significantly cold day for this time of year. Highs for the day will be more in line with our average overnight lows for mid March. Temperatures expected in the teens Sunday night, Monday night and more sparsely Tuesday night keep that furnace working overtime as Old Man Winter just won’t let go!

Temperatures recover back to around seasonal later in the week as another disturbance and frontal boundary brings clouds and the chance of showers by Wednesday night and Thursday. If a secondary coastal low develops then things could get more interesting on Thursday.

72 Hour Outlook:

Saturday: Morning showers, becoming more isolated this afternoon with periods of sunshine developing. Mild and windy. High temperatures in the low 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph this afternoon.

Saturday night: Partial clearing early, followed by mostly clear skies. Windy and turning colder. Lows in the low to mid 20s. West winds may gust to around 30 mph.

Sunday: Blustery with much colder temperatures and gusty winds. Sunny to partly sunny skies. Highs generally in the low 30s, mid 30s immediate Boston area. West winds gusting to over 30 mph.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, windy with much below normal cold. Frigid as temperatures tumble into the teens. Gusty northwest winds. Wind chills near zero.

Monday and Monday night: Much colder than normal. Partly cloudy skies, highs only in the upper 20s to low 30s. Lows returning to the teens.

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