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Boston weather, metro north and west: Sunshine returns Saturday

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Yesterdays drizzle, fog, showers and even thunderstorms have all been pushed out to sea by a cold front that came through here last night. We wake to a bright sunny morning in northeast Massachusetts and the Boston area with a mild day ahead for Saturday.

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Locally, yesterday failed to get as mild as was forecast by national and local meteorologists alike. Although it did eventually warm into the low 50s just to the south of Boston it remained in the mid to upper 30s throughout the suburbs to the north and west with a few nipping into the low 40s very late in the day. Simply, the warm front never lifted across the immediate Boston area northward. We will make up for it today with the milder temperatures, although a moderate breeze at times will keep a nip in the air. Overall, a real nice day is shaping up. There will be additional melting of the snow pack today and as temperatures cool tonight they will reach close to freezing which means some refreezing of the snow melt and puddles will occur.

High pressure across the mid-Atlantic will keep us in a milder and drier southwest flow. This will continue into tonight and to a degree Sunday as well before a disturbance approaches with clouds and the chance for scattered rain and or snow showers late Sunday and Sunday night. Any precipitation we might get is expected to be very light. The disturbance moves offshore quickly Sunday night with a large high pressure system expanding eastward out of the Plains States that will keep us cold and dry early next week.

The work week will start noticeably cooler on Monday and as the week goes on it remains cold and becomes even colder toward the end of the week as another blast of arctic air overspreads the area. There is a threat for snow on Wednesday but there remains much uncertainty on whether or not this system will even impact the area.

72 Hour Outlook:

Saturday: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High temperatures in the mid 40s to 50 degrees. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday night: Mainly clear skies. Cool, lows in the low to mid 30s. Southwest winds diminishing to 5 to 10 mph, although gusts to 20 mph are possible along the coastal plain.

Sunday: Sunny early, followed by increasing clouds. Becoming mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Chance of a rain shower late. Highs in the low 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, risk of scattered rain or snow showers. Colder, lows in the mid to upper 20s by morning.

Monday: Becoming mostly to partly sunny, colder and breezy. Highs in the low 30s. West winds may gust to 25 mph at times.

Monday night: A few clouds. Turning colder, lows in the teens to near 20 along the coast.

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