The powerful storm that moved across the country over this past weekend has now reached the East Coast and has redeveloped off the Delmarva Peninsula. Some areas from the mid-Atlantic into New Jersey have been hit with several inches of snow today. It will be different here as eastern Massachusetts will only receive a glancing blow from this storm system as it passes well southeast of the New England coast tonight and early Tuesday. Areas well south of the city, toward the south coast of New England and the Cape and islands once again have the best chance for precipitation and some light accumulation of snow.
Locally, for the immediate greater Boston area and the suburbs to the north and west, we might only see a flurry or snow shower tonight as the ocean storm is tracking too far away from our forecast area to give us anything more. Winds will gust up to 35 mph from the northeast and north. Low temperatures 30 to 34 degrees.
Most of the remainder of this work week will be under the influence of an upper level disturbance. The blocking pattern remains in place and this essentially will keep things status quo into Friday. The best way to describe the sky coverage over this time period will be changeable. At times we should have splashes of sunshine and at other times it will look threatening. As a matter of fact a sprinkle or flurry will be possible on any given day or night. The best opportunity for scattered rain or snow showers will be Thursday as the upper low starts to kick out of here toward the east.
A ridge of high pressure will inch into the area by Saturday bringing us more sun than clouds and probably one of the nicer days we have had in recent weeks.
Temperatures are expected to remain below normal to near normal through this forecast period. Highs 43 to 47 Tuesday and Wednesday, a few degrees cooler on Thursday and recovering to 46 to 50 Friday and Saturday. For the overnight, expect lows Tuesday night 28 to 32. Wednesday night through Saturday night the overnight lows generally range from 30 to 34 degrees.
A quick tidbit. Although it seems to be a long winter the reason for that are the late season snowstorms, cool temperatures and winter seemingly hanging on instead of spring like weather taking hold. If we look back at the beginning of the winter we started out ok with December temperatures 3.7 degrees above average and 2.5 degrees above in January. Snowfall for those two months combined was well below normal. Winter really started to kick in when the blizzard hit in early February and from that point on it has been a tough go.
April is right around the corner and if we can get this blocking pattern to unlock we can get warmer weather into the area. It is not going to happen immediately but we will at least get back to normal over the coming days and this weekend. We will take it.