Mixed Bag Thursday

We’re in for a little bit of everything for this Thursday:  Starting with clouds and a bit of patchy drizzle in SE Massachusetts, breaking the clouds apart for some early afternoon sunshine, then tracking another round of showers for the late afternoon/evening commute time-frame.  Not a washout for today, but not a bad idea to have the umbrella with you “just in case.”

The cold front that’s tracking in from the NW today will bring us those scattered showers, though it’s not beneficial rainfall.  Maybe a quick 0.1″ for NW Massachusetts, but for Worcester-eastward it looks closer to a few-hundredths of an inch.  So again, not a washout.  In fact, if we get enough sunshine to break through during the middle part of the day, temps will warm to around 70° for most!  Are we sure it’s the middle of October?!  Yes, and we get a reminder of that “fall-feel” after the cold front passes through; kicking up the breeze out of the NW and putting the “crisp like an apple” simile back into our forecast for Friday.  At least we can count on the sunshine for this entire weekend!  Friday and Saturday will be a touch on the “cool” side, with highs in the upper 50s to near 60°.  Sunday will be the “pick of the weekend” – and not just because Tom Brady is back on the field at Gillette!  Sunday’s highs will be in the upper 60s under mostly sunny skies.  It really is “fall weather at its best.”

Also, a sidenote for the weekend forecast:  Saturday morning will be another CHILLY one, with temps in the 30s expected for the ‘burbs.  There’s a Freeze Watch that’s been issued for Saturday morning, 2a-9a for the areas shaded in blue:  Again, it’s a “heads up” for protecting the sensitive vegetation… Though, I think we’re getting very close to just calling it a day on the gardens.  Let it go.  It’s time.  Summer will come again someday!  :c)

The BIG weather headline for today really is Hurricane Nicole.  The storm really deepened overnight and is now a Cat 4 with 130mph winds.  It’s tracking right toward Bermuda this morning and will make landfall there later today: