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Boston Weather: 66.0°F | Light Rain

Weather: January Thaw

By Bill Ramstrom

While we are experiencing rather mild conditions for mid-January, there is still plenty of cold air up in Arctic Canada; this will certainly move down into the United States as time goes on. For the rest of the week, however, it appears that temperatures will remain above normal. The weather will remain fair through tonight, with clouds thickening and lowering during the day on Thursday. By Thursday evening and Friday, we can expect a mix of precipitation; right now it appears that we may luck out with a short period of frozen precipitation before a storm of mostly rain.

The longer range models are showing a strong storm developing over Oklahoma on Thursday and Friday, moving northward into the western Great Lakes over the weekend. This storm track would leave us on the warm side of the storm, with a warm front passing across southern New England during Friday evening. Before the front passes, there will be a short period of frozen precipitation (sleet or freezing rain), then warm air from the south will move in at all levels and change us over to all rain. It appears that the storm will move only slowly, so that we can expect wet weather for much of the weekend.

Today: Sunny and pleasant. High 45F (8C).

Tonight: A few high clouds. Low 32F (0C).

Thursday: Some clouds. Variable winds. High 43F (6C).

Thursday Night: Becoming mostly cloudy. Low 34F (2C).

Friday: Cloudy and raw, with a chance of showers or flurries. High 40F (4C).

Outlook for the weekend: Periods of rain. Highs in the 40s (610C).