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April 3 – Gusty and Dry Thursday; Raw/wet Friday PM

The wind let up for a few hours on Wednesday and it was just beautiful with temperatures soaring into the 50s to low 60s. It did not take long for the wind to kick in again late in the day, and that active breeze is ushering in cooler weather for the end of the workweek. Expect a dry and bright Thursday, but the wind will be 15-30 mph, and the temperature will likely top out at 50-55°. It will feel several degrees cooler because of the wind and dry air.

A gusty breeze will make it feel like the 40s to near 50 on Thursday

The wind relaxes under clear skies Thursday night, and the temperature will dip into the 20s to low 30s by early Friday. A nice sunrise will give way to more clouds during the day on Friday. It will be a chilly day with temps in the low to mid 40s, and precipitation will likely arrive in the afternoon to early evening from west to east across Southern New England.

Some snow and mixed precipitation is possible in interior Connecticut at the start of the precipitation in the mid to late afternoon. I do not expect any snow accumulation or icy travel. Models are hinting at freezing rain Friday afternoon and early evening, but I do not see it as a big issue in inland Connecticut. While technically it may be freezing rain with the temperature near 32°, I do not think the ground or any surfaces will be cold enough for glazing. The temperature warms a few degrees overnight with more rain for Connecticut. Raw and rainy conditions develop in Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts Friday evening and continue into the overnight.

Patchy freezing rain is possible in the high terrain Friday evening, but I do not expect glazing to cause icy conditions.

The good news is that the rain should move out by around dawn on Saturday and we have a nice/mild weekend ahead of us. The temperature may spike into the low to mid 60s both days, with partly sunny skies. The wind direction near the coast in the afternoon may make it cooler. It will not stay nice and warm for very long, as a storm system moving east early next week brings a threat of rain and cooler temperatures Monday and Tuesday. It’s still a bit early to say exactly how that will evolve, but it looks like there will be at least showers around on Monday and Tuesday, and steady rain is possible.

Fred Campagna

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

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