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Boston weather: Unseasonably cold for Thursday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 17, 2014. Sunny skies and strong northeast winds are expected.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 17, 2014. Sunny skies and strong northeast winds are expected.

Forecast discussion: Some of you may have been awake around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. If that was the case, you may have seen about an inch of snow on the ground in Worcester County. Or, if you lived near northeast Rhode Island, sleet hitting your windows. After receiving almost an inch of total precipitation in Boston the last 24 hours, high pressure brought blue skies and drier weather by the afternoon. However, temperatures felt more like the end of winter than the spring season. Unfortunately, the colder weather will stick around for a few more days.

High temperature forecast for April 17, 2014

The high will also bring winds from the northeast for the next few days. This means that it will come off the colder water keeping temperatures well below seasonable. Despite the sunshine, high temperatures on Thursday will barely reach the lower 40’s. Temperatures will slowly moderate back to normal by Saturday, as the high moves offshore, and winds begin to shift back to the south. A weak area of low pressure will move north of New England and to the east. We may see a possible shower Friday night, with partly sunny skies by the middle of Saturday morning. A new high pressure system will help clear skies by Saturday night, and give us sunny skies for Easter Sunday. Temperatures will be in the upper 50’s.

On Monday, a weak area of low pressure will form along the Mid-Atlantic States, and will bring some possible showers Monday night. We will have a better chance of seeing scattered showers on Tuesday, before the low is kicked out by a new high pressure system by early Wednesday morning. The high will create some breezy conditions by the afternoon, as the low slowly departs towards Nova Scotia.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Clear skies and very cold with a low of 30.
Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high of 43. Winds will come from the east-northeast at 14-17 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 33. Winds will come from the east-northeast at 7-10 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny with increasing clouds in the late afternoon with a high of 46.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy skies before midnight and a low of 39. There is a slight chance of a shower after midnight.
Saturday: A widely isolated shower in the morning, otherwise partly sunny skies with a high of 57.
Saturday night: Clear to partly cloudy skies and a low of 41.

Extended Forecast:
Easter: Sunny. Highs 56-59, lows 40-43.
Monday: Partly sunny by the afternoon, with possible showers by the evening. Highs 61-64, lows 45-48.
Tuesday: Cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 62-65, lows 46-49.
Wednesday: Showers ending in the early morning, and becoming breezy with mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. Highs 61-64, lows 42-45.

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