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Boston Weather: 48.0°F | Overcast

Weather: Winter Fades Away

By Robert Korty
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- This hasn’t been much of a winter, and that isn’t about to change. Impressive snow storms do occur during March and April (Boston received more than two feet of snow on March 31, 1997), but none are in the immediate future.

High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic states today will slide offshore by Saturday. Meanwhile, low pressure will organize over the Southeast Saturday. This storm will have plenty of moisture, and copious rains may fall across the Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys. Much of the eastern United States has had a very dry winter; the rains will help, though this one storm will not be enough to alleviate the drought.

Temperatures will stay mild along the Eastern Seaboard over the weekend, as southerly winds ahead of the low advect warmer temperatures. The low will travel to upstate New York by Sunday morning, bringing rain to Boston Saturday night into Sunday.

Extended Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny and warmer. High near 45 F (7 C).

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the mid- to upper 20s F (-4 to -1 C).

Saturday: Partly sunny, with increasing clouds. High near 45 F (7 C).

Saturday night: Rain. Low near 40 F (4 C).

Sunday: Showers. High near 50 F (10 C).

Next week: Clearing but colder on Monday. It should be dry and seasonably cool for the beginning of next week.