Weather: Rainy Days and MondaysBy Peter Huybers
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- As is often typical of early spring, the weather is wildly varying across much of the United States this weekend. Near blizzard-like conditions across the plains of eastern Montana and North Dakota today are contrasted with pleasant conditions in the northeast and south central part of the nation. A pesky low is drenching much of the southeast today; this region of low pressure will ooze up the Atlantic coast by Sunday. Boston should escape, however, with a gorgeous day on Saturday before the threat of showers intrudes for Sunday and Monday.
With a 16,000 acre brush fire burning in southwestern Florida near Naples, much of the rain threatening the region today is badly needed. The rain is a welcome relief for farmers throughout much of the South. Portions of Georgia and Florida have received rain totals well below average over the past few months. With upwards of an inch of rain (2.5 cm) falling over the region today, some drought relief is expected.
For Boston, an area of high pressure over the Northeast will shelter the region from wet weather through Saturday. After the high slides offshore, the low now over the southeast will ride northeastward, bringing New England a chance of rain on Sunday and Monday.
Today: Sunny and pleasant with southwesterly winds. High of 58ºF (15ºC).
Tonight: Clear. Low of 42ºF (6ºC).
Saturday: Beautiful. Sunny skies with a high of 68ºF (20ºC).
Sunday through Tuesday: Variable cloudiness with a chance of showers on Sunday and early Monday. Lows will be seasonal in the middle 40s (6-8ºC) with highs in the middle 50s to near 60ºF (13-16ºC).