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Boston Weather: 40.0°F | Mostly Cloudy


A Weather Sandwich

By Michael J. Ring

Today’s weather may be explained by dividing the contiguous United States into three slices - a tranche of poor weather sandwiched between two sunny coasts.

A low pressure system currently over the Dakotas is the most prominent feature on today’s weather map. The cyclone will bring heavy rain to the upper Midwest today, while a cold front accompanying the low will spark potentially severe thunderstorms in the lower Mississippi Valley. In a sure sign of winter’s approach, there may even be a few snowflakes in the higher terrain of Colorado and Wyoming tonight as the rear of the system exits those states.

The best weather in the United States today may be found at the coasts. Here on the East Coast, a high pressure system off Cape Cod will provide us with sunny weather today and temperatures near climatological norms. Out west, another high pressure system is approaching Washington state, and the Pacific coast will enjoy similarly pleasant weather today.

Extended Forecast

Today: Sunny and seasonably mild. High 70 F (21 C).

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 56 F (13 C).

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 74 F (23 C).

Saturday night: Showers. Low 60 F (16 C).

Sunday: Cloudy with showers. High 72 F (22 C). Low 55 F (13 C).

Monday: Mostly cloudy. High 68 F (20 C). Low 47 F (8 C).