Weather: Where’s Spring?By Bill Ramstrom
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- Cool, dank weather will remain with us through this weekend, extending what has seemed like an endless winter even more. Warm weather is tantalizingly close to New England; yesterday afternoon, highs in the low 80s were as close as Washington, D.C., while at the same time, snow fell in central New Hampshire. A nearly-stationary boundary between cold air and the spring-like warmth lay from the mid-Atlantic states westward to Nebraska Thursday afternoon; a developing storm along this front will track slowly eastward from Missouri today, passing just southeast of Cape Cod. This will keep the Boston area on the cold side of the circulation, with raw easterly winds off the ocean; sea surface temperatures in Boston Harbor and offshore range between 37°F (3°C ) and 40°F (4°C).
Today, we will be on the edge of the frozen precipitation line; snow will fall farther inland, with an area of sleet and freezing rain as well. If winds shift a bit more northerly than easterly, we could see sleet or snow in Boston; more easterly and we’ll see mostly cold rain with a bit of sleet and slushy snow mixed in. At this time, mostly rain seems likely.
Today: Rain, possibly mixing with sleet. High 34°F (2°C).
Tonight: Rain and sleet, some snowflakes as well. Windy. Low 31°F (-1°C).
Saturday: Rain continues. High 39°F (4°C).
Saturday night: Rain ending by early evening, then breaking clouds. Low 35°F (2°C).
Sunday: Sunny, a few clouds in the afternoon. High 47°F (8°C).
Outlook for Monday: Potential for another messy storm. Highs in the 30s F (-1 to 4°C).