Southern New England was sun splashed on Thursday. The wind relaxed, and the temperature reached 40° in many spots for the first time since Sunday. It will be partly to mostly cloudy Thursday night with the temperature settling back into the low 30s.
Milder weather is ahead Friday. Clouds will continue to thicken as the wind swings around to the south-southwest ahead of a cold front that will trigger rain showers by late in the day and during the evening. The rain will not be terribly heavy. Highs will be in the low 50s.
It looks like Southern New Englanders will be dealing with a soaking rain storm this weekend. So far, March has been much drier than normal, but that will change Saturday afternoon through Sunday. A slow-moving storm will bring at least 1-2″ of rain, and possibly as much as 4-5″, from mid to late in the weekend. At this point, it is unclear if the system moves quickly enough to limit the rain totals, and, in a worst-case scenario will be some street, stream, and possibly river flooding.
Highs will be in the low 50s on Saturday with rain developing in the afternoon. As the storm passes, the temperature will fall into the 40s then 30s Saturday night into Sunday. All the while, it looks like the rain will continue, and it may be heavy at times. If the storm lingers near the Southern New England coast, rain will continue into Monday. Mixed precipitation is possible inland. Monday looks raw, with highs in the 30s or near 40.
Drier and milder weather is ahead for the middle of next week. Highs will be in the 50s Tuesday and Wednesday.