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Boston Weather: 57.0°F | Mostly Cloudy

Weather: Snow for Spring

By Michael J. Ring
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- After one of the mildest, driest winters in recent memory, New England experienced a long-overdue dose of snow yesterday, with more on the way for the first day of spring tomorrow.

This week the core of the jet stream, the intense upper-level current which greatly influences the paths of storms, stretches from Texas northeastward to Maine in our region of the world. For much of this winter the jet stream has taken a more northerly track, passing over eastern Canada instead of the northeastern United States, and consequently we have experienced very dry conditions this winter. With the jet now taking a more southerly track, several storms will pass through the area over the next week.

Yesterday’s storm was the first of these events. A second storm, currently over the Tennessee Valley, will slide northeastward and bring us a mixture of rain and snow tomorrow. The region will then experience a spell of cold, dry weather before the next chance at rain or snow on Sunday or Monday.

Extended Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy, with perhaps a few peeks of sun in the afternoon. Highs near 37 F (3 C).

Tonight: Cloudy with flurries after midnight. Lows near freezing.

Wednesday: A mix of light rain and snow. Cold with highs of only 35 F (2 C).

Wednesday night: Rain and snow showers ending; clearing late. Lows near freezing.

Thursday: Sunny and milder. Highs near 43 F (6 C) and lows near 25 F (-4 C).

Friday: Partly cloudy and colder. Highs near 37 F (3 C) and lows near 20 F (-7 C).