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Boston Weather: 53.0°F | Mostly Cloudy

Weather: Early Warnings of Drought

By Michael J. Ring
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- While this winter’s abnormally low snowfall has garnered much attention, the consequences of the deficit may extend beyond the present season into the spring and summer.

In 2001 Boston received 31.41 inches of rainfall, which is over 10 inches less than normal rainfall. Rainfall in the month of January was an additional three-quarters of an inch below normal. Accordingly, the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island have both issued drought advisories.

We have some chances for precipitation week, as a low pressure system moving east from the Great Lakes will bring rain Wednesday night. Additionally, light snow is a possibility for Saturday. However, no major winter storm is on the horizon, and without several more feet of snow this winter, low crop yields and brown lawns will come this summer.

Extended Forecast

Today: Partly sunny and mild. High near 48 F ( 9 C).

Tonight: Increasing cloudiness. Low near 35 F (2 C).

Tomorrow: Cloudy with rain showers in the afternoon. High near 50 F (10 C).

Wednesday night: Rainy and mild. Lows near 42 F (6 C).

Thursday: Rain ends in the morning; clearing in the afternoon. High in the low 50s F (low teens C) and low in the mid 30s F (2 to 4 C).

Friday: Clear during the day with increasing cloudiness at night. More seasonable temperatures with highs near 45 F (7 C) and lows near freezing.