Rare Day: Sunshine for All of New England Despite Chilly Start

It’s a rare day this month that all of New England gets sunshine and seasonable temperatures. Thursday is one of those days.

Though we are starting off on the chilly side, especially near the Canadian border with temperatures are near freezing, we warm nicely to the 60s away from the shore in central and southern New England. High pressure moved in Wednesday night with light wind.

This high pressure is responsible for sinking air, which gives us a blue sky for most of the day. It also means light wind, so during the spring time especially, that means an onshore breeze develops by the afternoon. Highs generally in the 50s near the shore and north.

A warm front is approaching from the southwest Thursday night, with increasing clouds and a chance of rain in southwestern New England by sunrise Friday. Low temperature in the 40s, and 30s north.

It looks like a chilly wet morning in western and southern New England Friday, with light rain and fog and drizzle. Rain will develop mid day north and by the evening in Maine.

Low pressure tracks across upstate New York into Vermont Thursday night, pushing warmer air into southern New England, where a thunderstorm or two are possible. Otherwise, rain will become occasionally heavy late in the day and overnight. Rainfall amounts close to 2 inches in spots may result in further river flooding and perhaps some street and urban sledding by Saturday morning.

Low pressure strengthens as it moves across Maine Saturday, meaning increasing wind from the west and north west. Perhaps it may even gust past 45 mph. Rain diminishes to showers for most of us, but not too much sunshine is expected. High temperature in the 50s to near 60 degrees, 40s north.

A brief break in the rain is likely later Saturday into Sunday morning, but a new storm races in Sunday afternoon. This one looks like a cold rain for much of southern New England by afternoon, but we have to watch out for snow in some of the higher elevations of western Massachusetts into northern New England. High temperatures will be in the 50s early, and then fall back into the 40s.

That’s how the pattern is going to be moving forward into next week. We get a batch of rain, perhaps mixed with wintry precipitation in the higher elevations, pretty much every 36 hours until further notice.

It is a very active weather pattern with storms coming across from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and Canada full of cold air for this time of year. Stay tuned to our First Alert 10 Day Forecast for future developments.

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