Weekly Outlook January 2-8, 2017

We’ve flipped the calendar and are ready to start fresh in 2017. Of course, some things never change, like us entertaining and informing you about the upcoming weather. That’s the reason you’re here, right? So, let’s get right to it.

The two things we’re mainly looking at this week are a storm system and an arctic airmass. Since they both won’t be here at the same time, we’re not looking at a snowstorm for the middle of the week. (The end of the week could be a different story. More on that in a moment.) High pressure slides offshore today, and a weak system moves off the Mid-Atlantic coastline. Right now, it looks like it may stall too far south to have much, if any, impact around here, but a few showers are possible, with some freezing drizzle well inland. A strong system moves through later on Tuesday. This should bring us some rainfall for a good chunk of Tuesday and Tuesday night. Breezy and colder conditions follow for Wednesday and Thursday, with a few snow showers not out of the question on Thursday. High pressure builds in for Thursday, then a weak system moves in Thursday night and early Friday, with some light snow possible. This will be more of a nuisance than anything else, if it even materializes. High pressure returns on Saturday, then we get to Sunday.

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Tuesday is looking awfully mild east of the Mississippi River. Across the Plains and Northern Rockies? Not so much. Temperatures could be up to 50 degrees below normal there. That’s cold. Image provided by Pivotal Weather.

Sunday *could* be interesting. Notice that we said “could”, because at this point, it’s 7 days away, and there are plenty of conflicting signals in the models. One model says that high pressure will build in, with sunshine and cold temperatures. One model says that there will be a system passing offshore, with some light snow possible along the coast. One model says we’ll have a classic East Coast snowstorm, impacting all the major cities from Boston to Washington. So as, you can see, we’ve got something to keep an eye on this week. As you’ll see below, our forecast for now is going to be very vague because, as we already said, there’s a lot of uncertainty, and its way too early to make any kind of call. As the week goes on, if it is looking like something is up, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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If you’re really looking for heavy snow, might we suggest a ski trip to the Sierra Nevada? Some places could get in excess of 2-3 feet by midweek. Image provided by WeatherBell.

Monday: Becoming partly to mostly cloudy. High 36-43.

Monday night: Mostly cloudy with a few spotty showers or some freezing drizzle possible. Low 29-36 in the evening, then temperatures may rise a bit at night.

Tuesday: Cloudy and becoming breezy with showers likely, becoming a steady rain late in the day. High 40-47.

Tuesday night: Breezy with rain likely, heavy at times, tapering off towards daybreak. Temperatures may rise into the 50s across southeastern Massachusetts during the evening, but will drop everywhere after midnight, settling to a morning low of 33-40.

Wednesday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine, breezy, slight chance for a shower. High 42-49.

Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance for a few snow showers or some light snow, mainly late in the day and at night. High 28-35.

Friday: More clouds than sun, chance for some light snow or snow showers, especially early in the day. High 27-34.

Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds. High 25-32.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. High 23-30.

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