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Boston Weather: 19.0°F | A Few Clouds

Spring Break Travel Forecast

By Marek Zebrowski
Staff Meteorologist

If you are looking for Spring you will have to travel outside the New England for your well-deserved vacation. As the skies remain clear and the weather continues fair until late Saturday, getting out of Boston should not require a sled and a pack of huskies, as appropriate as it might be to celebrate (in an astronomical sense!) an end to our winter season that gave us a total of over 6 feet (1.8 m) of snow!

The Southeast and Florida will have daytime highs in the 60-70F (15-21C) range, under partly cloudy skies and (this weekend) rather stiff northeasterly winds, causing some impressive surf on the Atlantic coast. A disturbance from the Gulf will approach by mid-week and threaten the sun-worshippers with cloudy skies and potentially a significant rainfall as well.

The Central States will initially have a cool and clear weather with temperatures not quite Spring-like yet -- in the 40s (4-9C), with some low 50s (10-12C) as you move south of St. Louis. Rain will develop there along mid-week as well, as a broad frontal area extending from a low around Chicago southward to another low just south of New Orleans will slowly advance eastward, along with moderating temperatures in the lower Ohio Valley and occasionally heavy convective precipitation.

The Northern Plains will remain cold and blustery as the spell of wintry high pressure regimes will keep thoughts of Spring at bay. Daytime temperatures in the 30s (1-4C) will be the rule, with crisp, moonlit prairie nights in store.

The high pressure dome centered over the Rockies will maintain splendidly fair weather for the skiers in Colorado and Utah and keep the sun-seekers of Arizona quite pleased as well. The Southwestern desert will become quite warm with the abundant sunshine, and the east-to-southeast winds (known as Santa Ana winds) will bring very warm weather to the southern and central California.

For those who will be left in the local area -- rejoice in the hope of warmer weather that, after all, might arrive some time before the end of the term! Meanwhile, take an opportunity to do some spring skiing in the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont as the conditions are excellent and the afternoon sun begins to give a hint of warmth on your cheeks as you blaze downhill, trailing a cloud of powder that's sparkling in the clean mountain air!!

Best wishes for a fun-filled Spring Vacation from the MIT Meteorology!