Forget the fiscal cliff...our temps just jumped off the meteorological cliff. Yowza---when you factor in the wind chill this morning, it feels nearly 40 degrees colder right now compared to yesterday at this time (5am).
The good thing about all the new-found cold air is the fact that it is dry so you have sunshine for the day. Despite all that sunshine, temps will crawl to 40 by afternoon. A fiesty northwest wind this morning will fade by afternoon--all in all, a nice early winter day. Skies remain mostly clear this evening before more clouds arrive after midnight. Evening temps into the 20s.
Friday offers more seasonable temps with afternoon highs reaching the mid & upper 40s. The reason for the milder day is our next storm approaching as it will push slightly warmer air into New England. This storm will also push clouds into our skies throughout the day and eventually some rain showers late in the day.
The weekend....everybody works for it and hopes for sunshine too. Outta luck here kids as a slow moving storm lolly-gags through the northeast both weekend days. That means each day offers clouds and a few showers each day---Saturday's chance of rain is a little higher than Sunday's (70% versus 40%). Sorry snow-lovers, no cold air for this weekend storm so just raindrops...no snowflakes. Hang in there.
We're off to an iffy start to the weekend as nuisance rain and wet snow moves across the area. While it's not a well organized area of low pressure, it develops right near us midday, and that'll be enough for a tricky forecast. Light to moderate rain/snow is on and off early this morning with a heavier burst of precipitation possible late morning, through mid afternoon in eastern MA (11:00AM-3:00PM).
That's the way to get it done! Fine finish to the workweek as sun dominated and winds behaved.
I submit that is the one - and perhaps only - reason these days have felt springlike in this extended thaw. If the winds were gusty on a day like today, the sun (albeit a little stronger these days) is really no help.
Nice mid-winter weather? Here's how I envision it:
*Mild temps (40 or higher)
*Little to no wind
That last bullet point (IMO) is probably the biggest when outside this time of year. After our morning fog lifts out of here all three of those criteria will be met this afternoon AND.....it's Friday. #Winning.
Fog blanketed the area as winds remained light and variable. We're still looking at some fog, but the thickest part of it should only be during the first half of the night. After that, gentle winds should "mix out" some of the heavily fogged in areas.