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Boston Weather: 41.0°F | Mostly Cloudy

Weather: Winter is Coming... Just Not Yet

By Michael J. Ring
STAFF METEOROLOGIST

Winter is drawing closer with each passing day, but with the spectacular weather we've enjoyed over the past few days, it's easy to forget about the coming freeze. The dry weather and seasonable to warm temperatures -- with highs in the 70s F over the past few days -- have been perfect for outdoor activities.

We have an upper tropospheric trough currently centered over the Midwest to thank for this pleasant spell. It has been deflecting the jet southward across the United States, then northeastward along the coast. This southwesterly flow has brought the warm, dry air into our region.

The weather will generally stay pleasant over the next few days. As the trough passes over us later this weekend there may be a few weak showers, but otherwise we should continue to see partly sunny skies over the next few days. Temperatures won’t remain in the 70s F into next week, but will still hover around a seasonable 65°F (18°C) for highs.

And as for winter? Higher terrain in the Rockies might see some snow showers today as a cold front moves across the mountains. But we’ll have to wait a bit longer before seeing our first flurries.

Weekend Outlook

Today: Partly sunny and continued warm. High near 72°F (22°C).

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows near 55°F (13°C).

Saturday: Splendid weather continues, with partly sunny skies and a high near 70°F (21°C).

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a sprinkle toward dawn. Low near 57°F (14°C).

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers. Cooler with highs near 65°F (18°C). Lows near 55°F (13°C).

Monday: Clear with seasonable temperatures. High near 65°F (18°C).