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Breaking the Ice

By Brian H. Tang

The weather patterns that have led to the habitual colder and windier than normal weather are finally breaking down. This may be bad news for skiers and snowboarders, but good news for those who have to pay their own heating bill. Fairly benign weather will rule the next couple of days with the exception of this morning when a very weak disturbance moves down the coast. A few flurries may fall from the morning clouds, but most likely none of the white stuff will fall from the sky.

The pattern that led to the above normal temperatures in January is making a comeback. Specifically, a big trough will develop in the West, keeping our friends out on the Pacific Coast stormy, while a big ridge builds over the western Atlantic. The southerly flow around that ridge will transport warmer air towards New England. Hence, we’re in for a period of above normal temperatures interspersed with light rain showers, but no major storms. The first chance of rain will come on Thursday along a warm front, and herald the arrival of the Spring-like air mass. You can put those gloves away soon!

Extended Forecast Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning with scattered flurries, otherwise mostly sunny. Light north winds. High 37 F (3 C).

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 24 F (-4 C).

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High 40 F (4 C).

Thursday: Increasing clouds with a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. High 44 F (7 C). Low 26 F (-3 C).