Thursday Forecast

7:06AM

DAYS 1-5 (APRIL 30-MAY 4)
On this final day of April we look at an overcast day, wet at times, but not a wash-out, as a warm front approaches the region, and look into the start of May which presents a continuation of the current unsettled and cool weather pattern. That front will never make it through the region, but a cold front approaching from the west, becoming an occluded front as it arrives while the warm front is still south of the region, will bring a band of widespread and possibly heavy showers (and potential embedded thunder) during Friday. I’ve had to tweak around the timing on that ribbon of rainfall, as first it looked earlier, then later, and now earlier, so basically morning-midday are the target hours for the heaviest, from west to east, and during the remainder of Friday we should settle into a pattern of more scattered showers. But even after the surface features moves offshore, its parent low will be decaying into a trough that will then have to sink southeastward, the tail of which has to come across New England while upper level low pressure traverses the region on Saturday. So while I don’t expect Saturday to be a rainy day, I do expect scattered showers to be a potential while lots of clouds are present. Improvement is still slated for Sunday, probably not a totally sunny day either but better than Saturday in both sun potential and warmth. Sunday night we’ll already be back into cloudiness from a cold front approaching from the west and that will pass through later at night with a shower threat. The question is whether or not a quick wave of low pressure comes along to enhance rainfall for a portion of Monday. Some guidance says yes, other guidance says no. For the time being, I’m splitting the difference with a wet morning and drier afternoon. But that’s day 5 so there is plenty of time to re-evaluate and tweak it.
TODAY: Cloudy. Periods of rain mostly morning and midday. Highs 47-54. Wind SE 5-15 MPH, higher gusts.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. Showers arriving overnight. Patchy fog. Lows 42-49. Wind SE 5-15 MPH, higher gusts.
FRIDAY: Cloudy with numerous showers and possible thunderstorms morning. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers afternoon. Highs 48-55. Wind in the morning SE-S 10-20 MPH gusting 25-35 MPH interior, 35-45 MPH coastal areas with spot gusts of 50-55 MPH possible South Coast and Cape Cod. Wind in the afternoon shifting to W and decreasing to 10-20 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Any lingering showers ending. Lows 42-49. Wind W 10-20 MPH, higher gusts.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers redeveloping. Highs 53-60. Wind NW 10-20 MPH, higher gusts.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Decreasing clouds. Lows 41-48. Wind W 5-15 MPH.
SUNDAY: Partly sunny. Highs ranging from near 50 Nantucket and outer Cape Cod to 65-70 interior Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Wind W 5-15 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers. Lows 48-55. Wind W 10-20 MPH.
MONDAY: Cloudy with a chance of rain morning. Variably cloudy with a chance of showers afternoon. Highs 55-62. Wind variable 5-15 MPH becoming NW 10-20 MPH.

DAYS 6-10 (MAY 5-9)
The overall outlook for this 5-day period is for below normal temperatures and a couple opportunities for wet weather.

DAYS 11-15 (MAY 10-14)
A pattern of below normal temperatures is expected to continue but with a drying trend.

Wednesday Forecast

7:36AM

DAYS 1-5 (APRIL 29-MAY 3)
Mobile update this morning. Net outage at WHW home base. Again no big changes. A nice day today before we get impacted by the next storm – a low that tracks northwest of the region and drags a warm front toward but not through the region Thursday, bringing clouds and the threat of a bit of rain. As the low pressure center moves into the St. Lawrence Valley on Friday and drags an occluded front through, we will see the bulk of our rainfall in the form of numerous to widespread showers and possible embedded thunderstorms. This system will also bring a good deal of wind with it. due to some blocking in the atmosphere the low pressure system will not be able to make a clean getaway and exit via the maritime provinces of Canada, So it will be forced southeastward as a decaying surface low pressure system underneath an upper level low pressure system on Saturday, and that spells out another unsettled day, not likely a washout but probably not a lot of sun and definitely a good opportunity for showers. That leaves Sunday as the pick of the weekend, with dry and warmer weather as we get more of a westerly wind combined with mostly clear sky. As is always the case in the spring, there will be exceptions, and on Sunday the limited places where a west wind finds its way over water before hitting land again will be cooler.
TODAY: Sun gives way to clouds. Highs 50-57, coolest coast. Wind SE up to 10 MPH.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. Lows 40-47. Wind light SE.
THURSDAY: Cloudy. Risk of light rain at times. Highs 47-54. Wind SE 5-15 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy. Periods of rain. Lows 40-47. Wind SE 5-15 MPH, a few higher gusts especially South Coast.
FRIDAY: Cloudy with numerous showers and possible thunderstorms morning. Highs 48-55. Wind SE-S 10-20 MPH gusting over 30 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Any lingering showers ending. Lows 42-49. Wind W 10-20 MPH, higher gusts
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. Showers likely.
Highs 48-55. Wind NW 10-20 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Decreasing clouds. Lows 40-47. Wind W 5-15 MPH.
SUNDAY: Sunny to partly cloudy. Highs ranging from near 50 Nantucket and outer Cape Cod to 65-70 interior Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Wind W 5-15 MPH.

DAYS 6-10 (MAY 4-8)
The overall outlook for this 5-day period is for below normal temperatures and a couple opportunities for wet weather.
Milder May 3, but a rain shower risk late-day or evening. Cooler May 4-6 and milder May 7 but some additional unsettled weather possible.

DAYS 11-15 (MAY 9-13)
A pattern of below normal temperatures is expected to continue for this period as well, though it may trend drier.

Tuesday Forecast

7:44AM

DAYS 1-5 (APRIL 28-MAY 2)
Short forecast due to a computer issue earlier, which has been resolved. No big changes anyway. Slow improvement today as dry air works in behind the most recent storm, and a nice day squeezed in Wednesday before we get impacted by the next storm – a low that tracks northwest of the region and drags a warm front toward but possibly not completely through the region Thursday, bringing additional rain. Whether it passes as a cold front into the warm sector or an occluded front because the warm front never went by, that occurs on Friday, with numerous rain showers. This system will also bring a good deal of wind with it. We improve only slightly Saturday, because upper level low pressure will still be in the region and that means a pool of cold air aloft and unstable air. That likely leads to additional showers, and the air will be cold enough aloft that some of those showers may contain hailstones.
TODAY: Clouds dominate, may break for partial sun at times. Highs 48-55, coolest coast. Wind NE-N 5-15 MPH.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows 38-45. Wind variable up to 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny. Highs 50-57, coolest coast. Wind SE up to 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Cloudy. Lows 40-47. Wind light SE.
THURSDAY: Cloudy. Risk of rain. Highs 47-54. Wind SE 5-15 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy. Periods of rain. Lows 40-47. Wind SE 5-15 MPH, may shift to S 10-20 MPH with higher gusts.
FRIDAY: Cloudy with numerous showers and possible thunderstorms morning. Mostly cloudy with periods of rain showers afternoon. Highs 52-59. Wind SE-S 10-20 MPH gusting over 30 MPH, shifting to W.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Lows 42-49. Wind NW 10-20 MPH.
SATURDAY: Variably cloudy. Risk of a rain shower and isolated hail. Highs 48-55. Wind NW 10-20 MPH.

DAYS 6-10 (MAY 3-7)
Milder May 3, but a rain shower risk late-day or evening. Cooler May 4-6 and milder May 7 but some additional unsettled weather possible.

DAYS 11-15 (MAY 8-12)
A pattern of below normal temperatures and unsettled weather is expected to continue for this period as well.

Monday Forecast

7:37AM

DAYS 1-5 (APRIL 27-MAY 1)
This 5-day period has an easy pick for nicest, and that will be Wednesday. On either side of that day, we’ll be impacted by low pressure systems bringing unsettled weather. First, the one that arrived yesterday lingers through today with wet weather, and some hilltop snowfall which by tonight may make its way into northwestern and western suburban Boston enough to slush up non paved surfaces before daylight arrives to eliminate that, but the low will still hang around long enough to start Tuesday off on the wet side with rain/snow showers before it gradually dries out, but it may take all day for clouds to finally break as drier air finally starts to arrive from the north and west and the low pulls away to sea. Brief nice weather Wednesday as a sliver of high pressure moves in. But low pressure cranks up and heads through the Great Lakes and into eastern Canada Thursday when the next batch of wet weather arrives here. The parent low’s track means this system will be a warmer one, warmer being a relative term. Rainfall from that system will likely be plentiful, but it is still needed as we continue to run a precipitation deficit for the year so far, despite a wet April. By Friday, we’re back into cooler air and upper level low pressure will continue to bring the chance of showers to start off May.
TODAY: Overcast. Periods of rain, may mix with snow higher elevations of interior locations. Highs 38-45. Wind NE 10-20 MPH, higher gusts.
TONIGHT: Overcast. Periods of rain, mixing with and changing to snow at times north and west of Boston with minor slushy accumulation possible on non-paved surfaces. Lows 33-40. Wind NE-N 10-20 MPH, a few higher gusts.
TUESDAY: Cloudy start with additional rain/snow showers tapering to drizzle. Breaking clouds later with a bit of sun possible by late day.
Highs 48-55, coolest coast. Wind NE-N 5-15 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows 38-45. Wind variable up to 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny. Highs 50-57, coolest coast. Wind SE up to 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clouding over. Lows 40-47. Wind light SE.
THURSDAY: Cloudy. Numerous rain showers, possibly heavy at times. Highs 48-55. Wind S 10-20 MPH, stronger gusts.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy. Numerous rain showers evening becoming scattered overnight. Lows 40-47. Wind SW-W 10-20 MPH, higher gusts.
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy. Occasional rain showers. Highs 45-52. Wind NW 10-20 MPH.

DAYS 6-10 (MAY 2-6)
May 2-3 weekend looks milder to warmer and mainly dry, though a quick pop up rain shower is possible May 2 and some late-day or nighttime rain showers are possible with the approach of a cold front on May 3. Cooling trend with additional unsettled weather May 4-6 as the same general overall pattern is re-established.

DAYS 11-15 (MAY 7-11)
A pattern of below normal temperatures and unsettled weather is expected to continue for this period as well.

Sunday Forecast

8:44AM

DAYS 1-5 (APRIL 26-30)
Down the home stretch of April, the final 5 days of what will turn out to be a cool and wet month. The wet part was really not much of a bane because we had been running a significant deficit in precipitation for so early in the year and have made up some of that for now. Going forward, we won’t see much of a change to the overall cool/wet pattern, and in some cases we will still be talking about frozen precipitation, but the storm systems are responding to a little more blocking in the atmosphere over the next several days by slowing down. This system moving in today will take until Tuesday to fully release its grip on the region. And during its passage we’ll see plenty of cool and wet weather, but higher elevations of the interior portions of Massachusetts and southern NH are likely to see some snow out of this, as the air is just cold enough. That will occur mainly tonight, when any accumulation will occur in the highest elevations, and into Monday as well when no more accumulation can occur due to the high sun angle, which still has an impact through an overcast sky. So as far as a snow producer goes, not really a big deal even where it is “maximum”, but still pretty late in the season to see such an occurrence. Look for the best weather of this 5 day stretch to be from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday, before the next low pressure area arrives.
TODAY: Cloudy. Rain arriving southwest to northeast midday and afternoon. Highs 43-50. Wind E-NE 10-20 MPH.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. Periods of rain, mixing with or turning to snow interior higher elevations of MA and southern NH with accumulation of a coating to 2 inches, locally 3 inches, possible. Lows 33-40. Wind NE 10-20 MPH.
MONDAY: Cloudy. Periods of rain, may continue to mix with snow higher elevations of interior locations but with no additional accumulation. Highs 38-45. Wind NE 10-20 MPH, higher gusts.
MONDAY NIGHT: Cloudy evening with lingering rain/drizzle, mix higher elevations interior locations. Lows 32-39. Wind NE-N 10-20 MPH.
TUESDAY: Clouds linger in the morning especially eastern coastal areas with a little drizzle still possible, then becoming partly sunny. Highs 48-55, coolest coast. Wind NE-N 5-15 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows 38-45. Wind variable up to 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny. Highs 50-57, coolest coast. Wind SE up to 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clouding over. Lows 40-47. Wind light SE.
THURSDAY: Cloudy. Chance of rain. Highs 48-55. Wind SE 5-15 MPH.

DAYS 6-10 (MAY 1-5)
The storm that arrives to end April lingers to start May on the wet and cool side, followed by some improvement for the May 2-3 weekend. Expected additional unsettled weather but probably from a weaker system around May 4-5. Temperatures may warm up, perhaps significantly, over the May 2-3 weekend before cooling back down thereafter.

DAYS 11-15 (MAY 6-10)
A pattern of below normal temperatures and unsettled weather is expected to continue through the first third of the month of May.