Spring arrives Wednesday, no warm weather in sight

The winter of 2012-2013 comes to an end at 7:02 am on Wednesday. At that time, the temperature will be in the low to mid 20s, and any leftover slush from Tuesday’s sloppy storm will have refrozen. It’s not exactly the way most of us want to go into the new season, but the weather pattern over the Northeast right now is a lot more like winter than early-spring. Wednesday afternoon will be partly sunny, windy, and chilly, with highs near 40. Clouds will gradually increase Wednesday night, and, once again, the temperature will fall into the 20s.

Some moisture hanging behind a developing ocean storm on Thursday may lead to light snow over Southern New England, especially Eastern Massachusetts, Thursday into Thursday night. The high temperature on Thursday will only be in the 30s. At this point, it does not look like a significant accumulating snow, but it will have to be watched carefully should it linger for several hours after dark on Thursday. This time of the year, due to the high sun angle, accumulating snow is unlikely during the day if the precipitation rate is not heavy. The sun is as high in the sky as it is in mid-September. It will stay cold Thursday night, and Friday looks similar to most of the dry days that we have seen in the past week – brisk and chilly. Highs Friday will be near 40.

The weekend is not shaping up to be spectacular, but, by comparison to some of the weather this March, it may not be that bad. Both days should be dry, and Sunday will likely be the milder of the two days. Saturday is the old “partly sunny, brisk, chilly” forecast, with highs in the low to mid 40s. Sunday will be partly to mostly sunny with highs in the mid 40s.

Looking ahead to next week, another storm will make a run at Southern New England on Monday. It’s unclear if it will come close enough to bring another wintry mix. The weather pattern is favorable for some impact. Overall, there is no big warm-up in the forecast, and we may have to wait to April to get anything close to 55-60° in Southern New England.

Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #756 AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist #126

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