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Boston weather, metro north and west: Sunny and tranquil Saturday

The local almanac for Saturday. Note the average high and low temperatures which we will not approach through this forecast period.
The local almanac for Saturday. Note the average high and low temperatures which we will not approach through this forecast period.

The threat for a substantial winter storm late this weekend is gone but there is still a chance of a light snow accumulation Sunday night. Otherwise, the weekend features sunshine Saturday, fading behind increasing clouds late with considerable cloudiness the remainder of the weekend. And, it remains below normal cold into next week.

High pressure gives us another tranquil day on Saturday. Although it starts off quite cold this morning the temperatures will rebound well into the 20s this afternoon. That is still about 8 to 10 degrees below the seasonal average for early February. Winds may kick up a bit during the afternoon but overall a pleasant day for this time of year. Meanwhile, low pressure skirts out to sea well southeast of New England.

Mainly cloudy skies Sunday with a chance of some flurries as a weak disturbance is in the area. Then another upper level feature, this one is showing signals of being more robust, gives us a chance of snow showers or a period of light snow Sunday night. We could pick up a coating to 2 inches by Monday morning. There is a chance of some local 3 inch amounts, especially inside of Route 128/95. This bears watching as it could impact the Monday morning commute.

Thereafter, high pressure builds in behind the departing disturbance and sets us up for another period of dry and continued cold weather into Wednesday.

A coastal storm may impact the area later Wednesday night and Thursday. Details are sketchy on this potential so I will leave it alone for now. More on this, if warranted, Sunday and Monday.

72 Hour Outlook:

Saturday: Sunshine fades behind increasing afternoon clouds. High temperatures in the upper 20s to 30 degrees. Light morning winds will increase from the west 8 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph possible.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy. Not as cold. Lows in the upper teens inland to low 20s along the coast. Northwest winds 10 mph or less.

Sunday and Sunday night: Cloudy skies. Chance of flurries during the day. Snow showers transitioning to a period of light snow is probable overnight. Highs mid to upper 20s. Lows in the low 20s. Light winds.

Monday: Early cloudiness and a slight chance of light snow very early, otherwise partial clearing. Cold, highs in the mid to upper 20s.

Monday night: Turning colder under fair skies. Lows near 10 inland to mid teens on the coast.

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