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Boston Weather: 49.0°F | Partly Cloudy

Weather: Election Day Rain

By Michael J. Ring
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- With voters in many of the nation’s cities facing municipal elections today, campaign managers turn a nervous eye to the sky, wondering how the weather will affect turnout -- and the fortunes of their candidates.

Weather should not be a spoiler for several of today’s marquee races. The two states electing governors today -- Mississippi and Kentucky -- should remain dry most of the day, although either state could receive scattered showers later in the afternoon. The same type of weather -- evening showers but otherwise dry -- will prevail in Philadelphia, home of the nation’s most hotly contested big-city mayoral race.

We will be dealing with showers for our elections today, as a large storm system approaches from the west. Voter turnout will almost certainly be depressed in the Midwest, as this storm bring intense rain today to Chicago, and over six inches of snow to the upper peninsula of Michigan. We shouldn’t see anything that heavy from this storm, but its effects will linger for a few days, so we’ll have to deal with gray skies and periods of rain for most of the week.

Extended Forecast

Today: Cloudy with scattered showers. Cool with highs near 47°F (8°C).

Tonight: Periods of rain. Lows near 45°F (7°C).

Wednesday: Continued cloudy with scattered showers, but warmer. High near 62°F (17°C). Steadier rain possible in the evening, with a low near 50°F (10°C).

Thursday: A third day of scattered showers. High near 59°F (15°C). Low near 42°F (6°C).