Thursday was one of the wilder weather days in the past few weeks. The temperature dropped around 30° from midnight to mid-morning, and rain changed to snow leading to some icy roads in the morning. The road conditions improved in the afternoon when the snow ended and strong winds helped to dry the ground. The temperature was hovering in the low 20s late in the day, and near record low temperatures are possible Friday morning.
Skies will clear Thursday night, and the low temperature will be between 8-14° with a diminishing breeze. The record low temperature in Boston and Providence is 12° for March 14, and it’s possible the record will be tied or broken in both cities. After the frigid start, Friday will become partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 30s.
The temperature will not fall much at all Friday night. In fact, it may rise a few degrees after midnight as the wind swings around to the southwest and clouds increase ahead of a cold front. The temperature will stay in the mid 30s in the evening, and may rise above 40° by dawn. Scattered rain showers are possible by dawn Saturday.
Most of Saturday looks dry, but stray showers cannot be ruled out. It will be relatively mild with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. The temperature may jump into the mid to upper 50s if the sun dominate for a few hours. Right now, it looks like partly to mostly cloudy skies. It will turn cooler with dry conditions on Sunday. Highs will be near 40° with a lot of sunshine.
We are keeping our eye on the possibility of some snow on St. Patrick’s Day. A storm in the Southeastern United States may come close enough to bring snow to Southern New England. At this point, the forecast is for snow showers with little accumulation, but the possibility exists that the storm will track closer and bring accumulating snow Monday into Monday night. Highs will only be in the upper 20s to low 30s on Monday.
The forecast for the middle of next week is somewhat dependent on the track of the Monday storm. Right now, it looks dry and chilly on Tuesday, followed by highs in the 40s on Wednesday.