If you look at the radar this morning there is a column of rain pin wheeling around the nor’easter out in the ocean. The computer models have done a super job at predicting not only the shape of this morning’s precipitation, but also the positioning of this area.
Throughout the morning and into the afternoon this area will rotate eastward while diminishing. There have been reports of snow and sleet to the west of Route 495 this morning, but as the precipitation moves into eastern Massachusetts it will diminish in intensity.
There are flurries in New York this morning and light snow in Hartford. Portland, ME has seen sleet and temperatures are running in the 30s everywhere. Cold and damp conditions really go right through you on days like today. I find this kind of cold even colder in a way then sunny and 20F. Some spots in western Massachusetts have seen slick travel from a coating of snow and sleet.
The damp and showery weather will be with us all day. That area on radar could bring a period of steadier rain around noon, give or take an hour or two and last for up to three hours. It won’t be raining much of the rest of the day, but drizzle or mist will be in the air.
Overnight showers will end and skies will slowly clear towards morning.
The trend for tomorrow is for increasingly sunny skies, so even if it starts on the cloudy and damp side of things, it will improve. The radar image below is a prediction for the noontime hour.
I think by 1 or 2 PM Tuesday temperatures should be reaching into the upper 40s and lower 50s and it will feel quite nice, especially in comparison to our cold weather today.
Dry and seasonable conditions continue for the rest of the work week with highs reaching the 50s. We’ll have to start thinking about sea breezes again along the coast if winds turn light. What happens this time of year is when the sun warms the ground inland it rises , then the air rushes in from the ocean to replace the rising air and a sea breeze is born. This can knock temperatures back at the immediate coastline into the mid 40s. The temperature in Boston Harbor this morning was a cold 35 and this cold water will take several weeks and even months to warm.
If we have a cold spring, it may be that the cold ocean remains in place longer than usual and can impact how sea breezes and fog will play into the summer forecast. More on this part of the forecast over the upcoming weeks.
The weather this weekend looks to be unsettled to start. Another weather system will bring a chance for rain Saturday, but should exit the region by Sunday. April begins the time of year when weekend forecasts start making a difference in how you plan your time so I will be giving a more detailed look at the weekend weather and trying to help you plan accordingly.
I’ll be updating the forecast on Twitter @growingwisdom.