Today reminds us that winter is still here and intends to hang around for the next several days. After a beautiful day on Wednesday, with temperatures into the 50s and abundant sunshine, we return to the reality that this is March and one of the more fickle months of the year when it comes to local weather.
The upper level disturbance we mentioned yesterday is traversing across the region today and should exit offshore tonight. Mostly cloudy skies will persist into tonight, with skies gradually becoming partly cloudy overnight. There is still a slight chance of a flurry or sprinkle from those clouds, but overall it will be dry, breezy and chilly. Expect today’s high temperatures only in the upper 30s, some 5 to 7 degrees below normal, with the mercury tumbling to near 20 tonight. Winds will sharpen from the west and northwest as they gust to 25 mph or so later today and tonight. It will make it feel very cool for this time year.
Once the upper level trough is offshore we can look forward to a fairly nice day on Friday, albeit still on the cooler than normal side and breezy. However, a blend of clouds and sun should give us a partly cloudy sky on average. After a cold start temperatures will recover to the upper 30s once again. Some spot low 40s are possible. West winds may continue to gust upwards of 25 mph.
Clouds will be on the increase Friday night as a weak disturbance slides south of New England Saturday. It may trigger a few snow showers inland and widely scattered rain and snow showers along the coastal plain on Saturday, otherwise skies will be mostly cloudy through the day. This system is most likely only going to bring us a nuisance amount of precipitation. Skies begin to slowly become partly cloudy later Saturday night. Lows Friday night in the 25 to 30 degree range, highs in the upper 30s Saturday and falling to the upper 20s Saturday night.
Canadian high pressure visits us for Saint Patrick’s Day. Partly cloudy and cool conditions will most likely prevail Sunday and Sunday night. Highs near 40 and lows 25 to 30.
Monday should start off partly to mostly sunny. However, clouds will be on the increase as low pressure begins to inch closer to southern New England. Precipitation may break out Monday night, possibly as a wintry mix, continuing into Tuesday. The best chance for snow will be well inland, with the coastal plain seeing mostly rain. Storm track details and where the snow could accumulate will need to be ironed out over the weekend.
Once this storm departs it appears that we stay bundled up for a while longer as a colder northwest flow will persist.