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Boston weather: Milder days ahead, clouds with chance of showers by Sunday

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A weak cold front advances toward southern New England Friday but will do little to nothing in the way of bringing colder air or any precipitation to the local area. Although Friday will not be a brilliant sunny day as experienced on Thursday it should still be a fairly nice day as we close the chapter on January 2014. Temperatures continue to moderate and are expected to be several degrees milder than Thursday’s high readings.

Low pressure moves north of us over the weekend. It will quickly bring more clouds into the area Friday night and we can expect to see a lot of clouds around through this weekend. The low is expected to track well north of our area and draw milder temperatures into the Boston area Saturday and Sunday which will be a nice change from the recent cold spell. It now appears Saturday stays mainly dry, although precipitation is likely to break out across western Massachusetts, with a chance of showers reaching our area later at night. Temperatures stay above freezing Saturday night so that any precipitation that we do encounter would be in liquid form.

As the low moves into Canada it will swing a cold front through here later Sunday, which will hold in the clouds for a good part of the day with the possibility of scattered showers. The silver lining will be the milder than normal temperatures for a change.

By Monday the cold front settles south of New England where a weak low pressure system may develop and ripple along the front. This could spread some light snow across the south coast of New England later Monday or Monday night, although it remains cold and dry locally. Any change in the track will be critical on whether snow spreads further north. However, the bigger concern will be the potential for a significant storm here by Wednesday. Computer models are wrestling with the impacts and precipitation type as one model has an inside runner, where we stay on the mild side of the storm and receive rain. Another solution is a coastal low which holds in the colder air and we receive snow, perhaps a wintry mix along the coastal plain. Too early for details. By the end of the weekend computer models should come into better alignment on what impacts we can expect. Stay tuned because it could be a significant weather maker.

Although there is a lot of gloomy conditions expected through this forecast period it stays dry more often than not and the arctic chill is gone for the time being.

72 Hour Outlook:

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy and milder. High temperatures in the mid 30s to 40 degrees. West to southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Friday night: Increasing clouds, becoming mostly cloudy and seasonably cold. Lows in the mid 20s. Light west winds.

Saturday and Saturday night: Considerable cloudiness, chance of a few showers later at night. Highs in the upper 30s to low 40s. Nighttime lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, chance of showers. Partial clearing possible late. Milder, highs in the mid 40s.

Sunday night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Not so cold. Lows in the mid to upper 20s.

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