DAYS 1-5 (MARCH 17-21)
A low pressure area moving through the region today creates unsettled weather which includes snow showers for parts of the region this morning, then mainly rain showers, ending late-day. Dry, seasonably chilly air returns tonight and Wednesday courtesy high pressure. But things continue to move along and the next system, similar to but a little more potent than today’s will arrive Thursday. This one also has some cold air to work with and should start as snow for a good part of the area before rain once again takes over. Very quickly behind that yet another low travels through the Great Lakes and down the St. Lawrence Valley on Friday, the first full day of spring, and it will drag warm air into the region, making Friday quite the temperature anomaly day compared to the other 4 days in this 5-day forecast period. But that won’t last, and after a cold front passes through in the evening will be right back to the chill of March by Saturday, with wind, although it will be dry again after a rain shower threat (and maybe even a late-day thunderstorm) on Friday.
TODAY: Cloudy. Periods of light rain, but will start as snow and/or mix away from the South Coast. Brief minor accumulation of snow expected on colder surfaces. Highs 42-49. Wind SE 5-15 MPH.
TONIGHT: Clearing. Lows 28-35. Wind variable becoming NW 5-15 MPH.
WEDNESDAY: Sun and passing clouds. Highs 38-45. Wind NW 10-20 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clouding over. Lows 25-32. Wind N up to 10 MPH.
THURSDAY: Cloudy. Snow arriving except rain/mix South Coast, with minor accumulation possible, then changing to rain in all locations. Highs 43-50. Wind NE 5-15 MPH shifting to SE.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Temperatures steady 43-50 evening, rising into the 50s overnight. Wind SE up to 10 MPH evening, SW 10-20 MPH overnight.
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers. Highs 63-70. Wind SW 15-25 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a shower or thunderstorm early, then clearing. Lows 38-45. Wind W 10-20 MPH, higher gusts.
SATURDAY: Sun and passing clouds. Highs 45-52. Wind NW 15-25 MPH.
DAYS 6-10 (MARCH 22-26)
We will be vulnerable to unsettled weather at times during this 5-day period being near the border of cold air north and warm air to the south. Too early for specifics. But leaning toward March 23-24 and March 26 as the most vulnerable days for precipitation.
DAYS 11-15 (MARCH 27-31)
Look for drier weather much of this period, temperatures trending to above normal, but this remains a low confidence forecast at this point.