Pete Bouchard

Cold is Trending

Posted by Pete Bouchard

We just crested over 40 this afternoon in most locations (the exception: Greater Worcester) despite full sunshine throughout the day. Now with the cold settling in for the night, some towns and cities will fall hard under moonlit skies.

The recovery is slow and feeble in the coming days. Highs normally make it to the 50 degree mark, but we'll fall short of that tomorrow and Friday. Saturday's an option, but it's hardly the start of a trend.

In fact, some VERY cold air is en route to the Northeast by Saturday night. Gusty winds will bring it down after a cold front passes early Saturday, so brace yourselves for a cold night at Gillette on Sunday:

As this cold rushes in on Sunday, there might be some snowshowers and flurries racing by in the wind, but accumulations should be nill - unless you live in the highest elevations of Worcester county where there might be a sudden coating in a passing snowshower.

Cold seems to stick around through Monday, then relents into Tue/Wed. That allows a storm to crawl up the Eastern Seaboard as rain. We may get a piece of this by midweek, but at this point, most of the storm will remain offshore. Why no snow? The jetstream is split.

One branch is cutting through the northern part of the US (signified by the red line) and the other is in the Deep South (with all that green and blue). Separate entities, no phasing. Without a merge or phase, the cold from the northern branch can't infiltrate the southern branch. That means even if the storm comes closer, we should only see rain.

Simple, huh? Unfortunately, no. There's still a chance they phase (ruh roh). Which is why you need to check back for future forecasts.

Pete

Chris Lambert

50/50 Weekend

Posted by Chris Lambert

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).

Posted 01/18/14, 6:54am
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Pete Bouchard

Final Days

Posted by Pete Bouchard

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.

Posted 01/17/14, 5:06pm
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Jeremy Reiner

Great Mid-Winter Weather

Posted by Jeremy Reiner

Nice mid-winter weather? Here's how I envision it:

*Sunshine

*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.

Posted 01/17/14, 7:04am
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Pete Bouchard

Colder Temperatures Cometh

Posted by Pete Bouchard

As far as blah days go, this was the blahest.

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.

Posted 01/16/14, 5:24pm
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