Greeted by a fresh blanket of snow, temperatures in the 20s, icy windshields and roads we made our way out to work or school this morning with the weather looking and feeling very much like winter. But, its not winter any longer as spring officially arrived at 7:02 this morning. The thing is we will not be seeing any spring like weather in the foreseeable future as the pattern favors more chilly and below normal temperatures and a threat for additional storms. This pattern will likely be with us at least through the remainder of the month and perhaps into the beginning of April.
The low pressure system that gave us the nasty day of weather yesterday has moved into the Canadian Maritimes. Behind the system we have partly cloudy skies today, cool temperatures and gusty west winds. Although high temperatures will recover to 37 to 41 degrees the winds will make it feel at least 10 degrees colder. Skies average out partly cloudy overnight. Stays cold, lows 19 to 23 degrees. West winds will remain gusty into the evening and taper off later at night.
Low pressure will emerge off the coast south of New England by Thursday morning and skirt eastward during the day. The precipitation shield may creep far enough northward to give the metro Boston area occasional light snow later in the day. Rain could mix along the coast. Snow continues into Thursday night, winding down by morning. Areas south of Boston and especially Cape Cod and the islands may see several inches of snow from this system. In the Boston area it should be a nuisance event, however it is being watched closely as it tracks eastward. The low is expected to link up with an upper level disturbance over New England and this could enhance snowfall amounts not only south of the city but throughout eastern Massachusetts. Highs Thursday 35 to 39, lows at night 22 to 26.
As the low moves away from us later Thursday night and Friday we remain under the influence of an upper level disturbance and very chilly air above us. This will flare up plenty of clouds during Friday with a snow flurry or snow shower possible. Otherwise, it continues blustery as high temperatures will only reach near 40 degrees. Lows at night 24 to 28.
The weekend will be dry as the chilly air remains in place. Skies range from mostly clear to partly cloudy. Highs 39 to 43. Lows 24 to 28.
Local forecasters will be watching another storm for early next week and this one could bring more snow to the region as we put spring on hold for a while longer.