This afternoon, a primarily cloudy sky will prevail as a storm system passes by out to sea as it moves to the northeast from the mid-Atlantic states. Highs will be in the mid to upper 30s for many communities.
The weekend features milder weather Saturday, then Saturday night there will be the chance for isolated rain or snow showers as a push of colder air moves into Southern New England. Sunday, expect a partly to mostly sunny sky - but it will be colder with highs back in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees.
Good Friday All!
Spring will officially arrive in less than 2 weeks! The vernal equinox will occur on Thursday, March 20th, at 12:57 in the afternoon. Lately, there have been no signs at all that spring is right around the corner. Although that sun is setting a bit later each day, the temperature isn't rising any higher. Yesterday was another in a series a very cold days that have marked the beginning of March. The morning low at Bradley International was 9 degrees and the afternoon high was 30 degrees. The normal low for March 6th is 25 degrees and the normal high is 44 degrees. That means yesterday averaged 15 degrees colder than normal!
This morning it's more of the same. The combination of clear skies, light winds, and snow cover have helped the temps drop from 0 to 15 above. High pressure is centered directly over New England this morning and it won't drift offshore until a little later this morning, so the winds are fairly light, which is great! When the high pressure system starts moving, so will the cold air! Yes, the core of this cold air mass will begin to lift away from New England and temperatures will finally begin to rise today! The mercury will peak in the 30s to near 40 degrees this afternoon. While that is still colder than normal, we are at least heading in the right direction.
A big storm will move off the Mid-Atlantic Coast today, and then it will pass to the south and east of New England tonight and tomorrow morning. The storm could brush Cape Cod with some rain. However, it will only brush Connecticut with some clouds.
The storm will move away from the Cape tomorrow. At the same time a cold front will push southward across New England. However, the front won't reach Connecticut until later in the day. Thus, Saturday should be fairly mild. Highs will be no lower than the 40s and we even have a shot at the 50s if the cool air in the lower regions of the atmosphere can be wiped out by the stronger March sunshine. It'll be a nice day to get outside and wash all of that salt off your car if you haven't done so already.
A few rain and snow showers are likely Saturday night and very early Sunday morning as the chill of winter returns. Winds will get a bit gusty too. Any clouds will quickly clear away Sunday morning and skies will become sunny. A brisk northwesterly wind will diminish during the afternoon as a ridge of high pressure edges closer to New England. It will be noticeably cooler Sunday with highs in the 30s to near 40 degrees.
A "clipper" could bring a light snowfall or perhaps just a few snow showers by late Sunday night and during the day Monday. A coating of snow is possible in some locations. Temperatures will top out in the upper 30s and lower 40s Monday afternoon. By Tuesday, we can look forward to another rebound as temperatures rise in advance of the next cold front. We have another shot at 50 degrees!
By midweek, cold high pressure will move southward out of Central Canada and it will push colder air southward across all of New England. At the same time, a storm system will take aim at us from the west or southwest. While the computer guidance models are at odds with the storm track and the timing (when it will begin and when it will end), there are some indications we may have to deal with another winter storm by Wednesday. That storm is still 6 days away so we won't say anything too specific at this time. It's something we'll be watching closely for you over the coming days.
Enjoy the weekend!
Meteorologist Scot Haney