The much advertised milder air arrives today as a warm front lifts north of the local area. Temperatures rise through the 40s this morning and into the 50s for the afternoon. Even through most of tonight the mercury is now expected to remain at or slightly above 50 degrees. Although there is a chance of a shower during today, steadier and heavier rain will fall tonight. There is also a chance of a rumble of thunder or two. Expect winds to ramp up later today and it will get quite windy tonight ahead of an approaching cold front. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning from 10 pm tonight until 9 am Thursday morning for winds that could gust 50 to 60 mph through mid morning Thursday.
The cold front will charge through our area early Thursday morning. An early shower is possible, otherwise partly cloudy skies take over for the afternoon. Expect it to be windy and gradually turning colder, especially in the afternoon. Temperatures start out in the 50s, but fall into the 40s after midday.
A windy and cold night follows Thursday night, with a disturbance in the upper levels swinging through during Friday. This may set off a few snow flurries Friday with colder air following in its wake. As a result temperatures will fall into the teens Friday night, perhaps hanging around 20 degrees on the coast.
Mostly cloudy skies can be expected on Saturday and the thermometer only climbs to about 30 degrees.
Another weak disturbance moves close to southern New England Sunday and could influence our weather for the second half of the weekend. Light snow might develop during Sunday, however at this time it is looking to be more of a nuisance event. As usual all eyes will be on this system to see if any changes occur that will impact the forecast for Sunday.
Five Day Forecast:
Wednesday: Becoming very mild, with a chance of a spot shower or two. Otherwise, generally cloudy skies prevail. High temperatures in the mid and upper 50s. South to southwest winds increasing to 10 to 20 mph and gusty during the afternoon.
Wednesday night: Very mild and windy, with showers that may be locally heavy at times. Slight chance of a thunderstorm. Lows in the low 50s. Winds south to southwest and gusting to over 40 mph, with gusts to 60 mph possible.
Thursday: An early shower, otherwise partial clearing, windy and gradually turning colder in the afternoon. Morning temperatures in the 50s will fall into the 40s for the afternoon. Winds turn west and gust to over 45 mph.
Thursday night: Fair skies, much colder and windy. Lows in the low to mid 20s.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, chance of snow flurries. Colder, highs in the low to mid 30s.
Friday night: Fair skies and colder. Lows in the mid to upper teens.
Saturday and Saturday night: Mostly cloudy and cold. High around 30 degrees. Overnight lows in the upper teens to low 20s.
Sunday and Sunday night: Chance of light snow. Highs in the low 30s. Nighttime lows in the low to mid 20s.