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Rain and sleet tapering to showers this evening

Posted by David Epstein  April 12, 2013 03:00 PM

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What a miserable afternoon. Cold, wind, rain and sleet. The weather doesn't get much more unfavorable. I don't think anyone liked today's return to winter. The good news is that the storm is going to pull away this evening and leave us with a few showers and a general trend towards better conditions.BOX_loop right now.gif The heaviest of the rain should be over for the evening commute. Temperatures will remain in the 30s to lower 40s and winds will add to the chilly conditions.

I'll be updating weather information for the weekend and the Boston Marathon on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

Sleet and some snow have been falling in northern New England this afternoon with more precipitation continuing overnight. Some areas may need to call out the sanders or even plows across the higher terrain of Maine and New Hampshire. Temperatures vary over 50 degrees from northern New England to the mid-Atlantic region this afternoon.
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A storm will ride along this temperature boundary today and bring a round of wintry precipitation to parts of New England. Although most of us will just see rain, we will experience very chilly conditions. Most of the day will be in the 30s nearly 20 degrees colder than yesterday. friday weather map.pngThe trend with this upcoming storm has been to increase the strength of the cold air and thus the reason for even the small amount of snow in the forecast. If the snow/sleet mix comes down hard enough tomorrow morning, the ground could briefly turn white with some slush west of Route 495.

Across the mountains of northern New England a plowable snowstorm is likely. I expect some areas to get 6 inches of snow. Where the snow is heavy, and contains more water, tree limbs may break under the weight of the snow. The snow will certainly extend the ski season by a few more days in what has been an incredible year for winter sports enthusiasts.

If you make your living outside and you are able to make this a paperwork day, it’s probably a good idea. If you have to be outside, it’s going to be a cold, wet, miserable especially this afternoon, so get the warm weather gear ready.

Before the rain is a great time to put down lime and spring fertilizer on your lawn. I highly recommend using fertilizer products that are organic. Even better, if you can find a product with natural bacteria to help increase the quality of your soil, buy it.

The weekend is looking much better. When you get up Saturday morning there will still be some clouds. During the morning skies will begin to clear and by afternoon sunshine will be more abundant and temperatures will respond to the strong April sunshine. During mid-April the sun is very similar in strength to what you would experience in August. This means you can get easily get sunburned so be sure to bring the sunscreen. Highs both Saturday and Sunday will reach the mid-50s and the plants will burst forth responding to the milder air and recent moisture.

Marathon Monday

The Boston Marathon is Monday and the weather looks much better than the mid-80s of last year. Temperatures will be in the 50s to start and lower 60s as the runners cross the finish line. Much of next week will continue with seasonable temperatures and mainly dry weather. Later in the week, there could be another round of rain as a new storm forms and heads for New England.

Gardening this week Many of you have ornamental grasses in your yard. These grasses are quite beautiful in the summer and fall, but look horrible this time of the year. There are a few things you can do right now to help get those grasses looking good early in the season.

I'll be updating gardening tips and weather information on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

Gardening this week Many of you have ornamental grasses in your yard. These grasses are quite beautiful in the summer and fall, but look horrible this time of the year. There are a few things you can do right now to help get those grasses looking good early in the season.

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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