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Weather - Ides March On Past

Weather

Ides March on Past

By Marek Zebrowski
Staff Meteorologist

For the last weekend of winter (spring, astronomically speaking, arrives next Thursday), the Ides of March have conspired to turn back the calendar and temporarily dash all hopes for warm weather arriving any time soon.

A large storm system moving into the Great Lakes area early on Friday will bring a variety of mixed and messy precipitation to our region. Cold air left over in low levels will be rather slow to erode, even with moderate onshore winds. Thus, the moisture advancing upon us will start as snow, gradually changing to sleet and mixing in with freezing rain throughout Friday. Central and northern New England will see a mostly all-snow event, while the Cape and islands as well as portions of the south coast will escape with some snow quickly changing to rain by midday. There are further indications of another burst of precipitation by early Saturday with a wave development near Long Island Sound, bringing more rain to coastal locations. A vigorous cold front will then pull through later on Saturday, with the mercury plunging in its wake for Sunday and early next week.

Today: Cloudy with snow developing by mid-morning. Accumulations of 24 in (510 cm) before a gradual mixing in with sleet and freezing rain becomes all rain after dark. High 36F (2C) with northwesterly winds turning to east-southeast.

Tonight: Cloudy with rain near the shore; a wintry mix inland. Temperatures holding steady and beginning to rise toward the 40F (4C) by daybreak.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with showers. Mild morning with temperatures in the mid 40s (67C) tumbling down as skies begin to clear late in the day and winds shift to northwest.

Sunday outlook: Mostly sunny, but windy and chilly with morning lows in low to mid 20s (-4 to -5C) and highs only in the mid 30s 23C).