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Weather - Wet and Wild


Wet and Wild

By Marek Zebrowski
Staff Meteorologist

A low pressure system getting organized along the Delmarva penninsula will progress up the eastern seaboard and intensify over the next 48 hours, giving us a rather miserable stretch of weather for the weekend. With the atmospheric blocking to the northeast, this storm will be a slow-moving affair. Plentiful moisture, available on a long fetch from the subtropical Atlantic, spells soaking rains, especially for eastern sections of New England. Colder air, draining on the back side of this system, will cause a mixed precipitation of rain and snow in the higher terrain of central and western portions of the region.

Although the storm track will remain largely offshore, this system, during its peak intensity Friday night and early on Saturday, will retrograde westwards towards Boston. Thus, strong winds and higher-than-normal tides may cause additional exasperation to all who patiently wait for some decent spring weather to arrive in town.

In the longer-range outlook, there are some hopes for the Marathon Monday: temporary clearing and almost seasonal temperatures for the runners and spectators alike. Afterward, another storm off the Carolina Capes and the cold air to our north will be our worry for the middle of next week.

Today: Rain, possibly heavy at times. Chance of a scattered thunder, especially in southwestern sections. Higher terrain in central and western parts of the state will see some wet snow mixing in late in the day. High 44F (7C) with stiffening northeasterly winds.

Tonight: Rainy, windy and raw. Low 39F (4C) in town, low to mid 30s (12C) to the north and west, with wet snow possible.

Saturday: Wet and quite brisk, with highs only in low to mid 40s (57C). Rains will gradually diminish towards the evening; the northeasterly gales will begin to subside as well.

Sunday: Continued unsettled early, with breaks in overcast developing throughout the day. Quite chilly with morning lows in mid 30s (23C) and afternoon highs in mid 40s (68C).