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Boston weather: Snow ends Friday morning, starting again Saturday?

The weather map for Southern New England at 1 p.m. EST on February 14, 2014. Partly sunny skies are expected.
The weather map for Southern New England at 1 p.m. EST on February 14, 2014. Partly sunny skies are expected.

Forecast discussion: Thursday started with some light snow making it through eastern Massachusetts around 6 a.m. As the morning wore on, the snow became heavier, but not until the end of the morning commute. As we moved through the morning, the Cape and Islands changed to rain. Plymouth County began to see a mix of sleet and then changing to rain. Boston stayed as snow a little longer than originally thought. It remained snow right through the evening commute. However, the first batch of precipitation has now moved off to our north. Anywhere west of Boston saw the most snowfall, between 6-12 inches.

For a couple more hours, we will see a slight lull before the next batch of precipitation shows up around 10 p.m. Any rain showers will slowly change over to snow showers during the overnight. I feel the Cape and Islands will remain as rain until the last few hours of precipitation, as it changes back to snow showers. However, roads may be tough to travel on, due to icy conditions from a mixture of snow and rain, on top of the slush as we cleaned up from Thursday’s storm. However, I feel Boston could see just a coating before it all ends late Friday morning.

By Friday afternoon, we will see limited sunshine, and temperatures will get above freezing. This will allow for a little more melting. However, we may be seeing yet another system will give us some light snow early Saturday morning. The low is currently over Wisconsin, and will travel east-southeast into the Mid-Atlantic for Saturday. If the system continues to track to the south, we will only see some snow showers for the day. Also, this low will strengthen, so we will see increasing winds into Saturday night. Skies will begin to clear after midnight, but we will return to colder temperatures for Sunday and Monday.

As we head into Monday night, another system will pull through New England by early Tuesday morning. The cold front looks rather weak, and warmer air from the south will slowly work into Southern New England. So, snow showers may become a wintry mix or change to plain rain by the middle of Tuesday morning. All precipitation will come to an end by Tuesday afternoon.

As you can see in the long range forecast, the Northeast U.S. will begin to see a slight February thaw. Although we will not see a full upper level ridge like the people on the west coast, the jet stream will allow for warmer air to reach the area. Daytime highs are forecast to reach the middle 40’s by next Thursday. However, a warm front over Southern New England will also bring the risk of some showers or possibly steady rain.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Fog with showers and light rain slowly turning to light snow again after midnight. Only a coating to half an inch is possible into Friday morning. We will see a low of 30. Winds will be increasing towards morning.
Friday: Breezy with light snow ending around 9 a.m. with partly sunny skies by the afternoon. We will see a high of 36 with winds from the west at 25-30 mph with gusts of 40-45 mph.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with snow showers possible by 4 a.m. and a low of 26. Winds will decrease to 2-5 mph from the west-southwest.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with light snow and increasing winds with a high of 36.
Saturday night: Snow showers end before midnight with clearing skies. It will turn colder with a low of 20.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and breezy with a high of 26.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy and bitterly cold with a low of 10.

Extended Forecast:
Monday: Partly to mostly sunny with possible light snow before midnight. Highs 27-30, lows 19-22.
Tuesday: Light snow changing to wintry mix mid-morning, ending by the early afternoon. Highs 40-43, lows 26-29.
Wednesday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 41-44, lows 31-34.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with possible showers by the evening. Highs 44-47, lows 32-35.

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