While the weather doesn’t look all that great over the weekend, it still is the weekend and perhaps a chance to kick back an relax. If you’re looking for a day to catch up on your favorite TV shows, movies, watch playoff football, or take down the holiday decorations inside the house, Sunday will be the day for you. If there’s no relaxation time on the weekend because of work, chauffeuring the kids around, or whatever else you have going on, I’d keep the umbrella close by. Heading north to ski? Conditions should be good today and tomorrow with some additional snow showers Saturday. Sunday up north features some rain and sleet.
Back here in southern New England, we do start off dry today, but with more moisture in the atmosphere, there are areas of heavier frost this morning. More moisture continues to back in off the ocean through the day in terms of low clouds and even a bit of patchy drizzle breaks out by this afternoon. Patchy drizzle will hang around tonight and Saturday. The issue with this little bit of moisture in place will be the potential of some freezing drizzle as temperatures inland are near the freezing mark. The best chance to see a few slick spots will be northwest of 128, with most likely locations of some freezing drizzle outside 495.
Sunday features the best shot at a soaking rain as a potent area of low pressure tracks to our west. That’ll drag in milder air on a gusty south to southeasterly wind as temps surge to or past 50 (record in Boston is 56, in Worcester it’s 53… we’ll be close). I expect the period of rain and embedded downpours to be widespread from mid morning to mid afternoon,perhaps even a few rumbles of thunder. Many towns will pick up 1-1.5" of rain. Not enough for stream or river flooding, but I’d expect plenty of puddles on the roads and perhaps some brief periods nuisance street flooding in a few of those downpours. The rain tapers off mid to late afternoon and we’ll dry out Sunday night. The gusty wind will likely push past 40mph along the coast at times, especially across Buzzards Bay and the Cape.
Next week features colder weather again and by Tuesday night and Wednesday, we’ll keep an eye out for the chance of some snow. Right now, the pattern does favor a storm developing off our coast, but the ingredients may come together too late and too far east to give us a big storm. Regardless, we’ll keep an eye on it as at least a few snow showers are possible by Tuesday night/Wednesday AM.
Have a good weekend.
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