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Boston Weather: 43.0°F | Overcast


Block and Tackle

By Chris E. Forest, Gerard H. Roe and Marek Zebrowski
Staff Meteorologists

A persistent blocking pattern with low pressure troughs over the Rocky Mountains and along the New England coast will continue to dominate our weather for several more days. The key player in this setup is a huge low pressure system over Nova Scotia, which will initially drift toward Labrador on Saturday, allowing some drier air behind it to filter into our region. However, there are signs that this low will retrograde westward on Sunday, bringing more clouds and raw weather back into our region. Our hopes for getting out of this tiresome pattern rest with a significant coastal storm, currently forecast to visit us by later on Tuesday: should it turn out to be vigorius enough, it may finally shove the unsettled weather farther east into the Atlantic.

Today: Mostly cloudy and cool with a chance of light rain or sprinkles. High 42F (5C) with light to moderate northwesterly winds.

Tonight: Continued cloudy with some sprinkles or flurries. Skies will begin to clear and temperatures will drop after midnight settling near 30F (-1C) by daybreak

Saturday: Partly cloudy with sunny intervals; cool with highs in mid 40s (6-7C). Clouds will increase late, especially near the coast as winds will veer to northeast.

Sunday: Becoming cloudy and damp with a chance of drizzle, especially near the coast. Continued cool with highs only in mid 40s (6-7C)

Spring Uncoiled

In a twist of fate, California will be spared from any further deluge this weekend while a strengthening storm will produce precipitation across the rest of the country. Midlevel flow will gradually move in off the West Coast, guiding these storms through the Midwest and towards the East Coast by Monday. Up to an inch or more of rain will fall in the Missouri region so check ahead for possible delays. Lesser but still substantial amounts of rain will advance towards eastern portions of the United States.

Travel Forecast (weather/high/low)

City Friday Saturday


Crystal Springs, WA (near Seattle) RW/45/35 OVC/50/38

Springfield, OR (near Portland) OVC/52/34 SCT/54/33

Lower Crystal Springs Res., CA SCT/54/45 CLR/62/48

(near San Francisco)

Palm Springs, CA CLR/66/48 CLR/70/49


Springfield, MN (sw of Minneapolis) SCT/54/36 RW/48/35

Springfield, IL CLR/59/35 OVC/63/43

Springfield, MO SCT/65/50 TR/64/45

Springhill, LA (near Shreveport) CLR/82/60 RW/78/58


Springfield, MA SCT/45/27 CLR/42/30

Springfield Park, NYC SCT/52/36 CLR/50/36

Springfield, VA (near DC) CLR/55/32 CLR/57/34

Springfield, GA (near Savannah) CLR/76/46 CLR/75/55


Daytona Beach SZL/79/56 SZL/77/55


Steamboat Springs, CO SW/35/19 SW/32/17

Code: clear (CLR), overcast(OVC), rain (R), snow(S), scattered clouds/partly cloudy (SCTR), snow shower (SW), rain shower (RW), thundershower (TRW), sizzling hot (SZL).