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Could There Be Rain On the Patriots' Parade?

A couple of days of mild weather are moving through New England as a southwest wind transports air northeast from the Ohio Valley, where high temperatures in recent days have reached 55 to 60 degrees. That same outcome is expected here at home Monday and Tuesday.

Not only will this promote lots of melting, but it also bodes wonderfully for the big Patriots victory parade Tuesday in Downtown Boston. Temperatures then are expected to be in the 50s and dry conditions are expected other than an early morning scattered shower.

The early morning shower chance on Tuesday is greater than the farther north one is. An energetic disturbance aloft moving through Northern New England will have at least a round of showers that probably will have some embedded freezing rain pockets in the valleys. This means that Tuesday poses risk for some morning slick spots before temperatures rise again.

A cold front slicing south across New England later Tuesday through Tuesday night will mark the leading edge of colder air that will be felt Wednesday with highs only in the 30s. This sets us up for at least a period of sleet and freezing rain overnight Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

Thursday morning's commute will have some slick roads before warmer air takes over. Plain rain showers are expected to end the event by Thursday midday.

A follow-up disturbance delivers mostly rain showers Friday, though the North Country probably will see another dose of wintry mix before we all dry out for the weekend.

Meanwhile, another shot of cool air takes hold, likely setting us up for either snow or a rain/snow mix Sunday night through Monday, before temperatures hold near normal for this time of year through the end of the exclusive First Alert 10-day.

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