Weekly Outlook: January 22-28, 2018

Never in doubt, right? We all knew that the Patriots would come back to win that game, right? You know what is in doubt? What type of precipitation may fall across the interior during the day today.

A backdoor cold front will drop down across the region today, bringing much cooler conditions in. at the same time, moisture and warmer air will stream in aloft. This means we’ll be looking at some occasional showers and drizzle across the region today and tonight. Across interior portions of eastern Massachusetts into southern New Hampshire, temperatures will be near or a little below freezing through the morning, so anything that falls will be freezing drizzle or possibly some sleet. So, if you’ve got to go anywhere in the morning, like work or school, use some caution, as things could be a little slippery. Temperatures will rise into the middle to upper 30s this afternoon, changing everything to plain rain. However, by this evening, temperatures may drop back close to freezing from the Merrimack Valley northward, meaning we could be looking at some more freezing drizzle in spots.

Some locally heavy rainfall amounts are possible on Tuesday. This combined with melting snow could result in some flooding in some areas, especially ice jam flooding along some rivers. Image provided by WeatherModels.com

That backdoor cold front heads back northward as a warm front late tonight into Tuesday morning, but it will take its time. Temperatures will rise overnight fairly quickly from Boston southward, but points north and west will see temperatures slowly creep up until the front moves through later Tuesday morning. Once it moves through, temperatures will rise into the 40s north and west of Boston, lower to perhaps middle 50s from Boston southward. However, the warmer air will be accompanied by a batch of rain, some which could be locally heavy. Low pressure moving into southeastern Canada will drag a cold front across the region late in the day. This front produced severe weather across parts of the Southern Plains on Sunday. While we’re not expecting severe weather around here, it’s not out of the question that you may see a flash of lightning or hear a rumble of thunder Tuesday afternoon, mainly south of Boston.

That front moves through Tuesday evening, then high pressure builds in for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with sunshine along with windy and colder conditions. We’ll start to warm up again on Saturday, but clouds will also stream in ahead of the next storm system. That system will bring us some more rain and mild temperatures Saturday night into Sunday.

Wind chills will be back into the single numbers Friday morning when you head out the door, so dress appropriately. Image provided by WeatherBell.

Monday: Some freezing rain/drizzle north and west of Boston in the morning, otherwise cloudy with periodic showers and drizzle. High 34-41.

Monday night: Freezing drizzle may return north and west of Boston in the evening, otherwise, occasional showers and drizzle continue. Low 30-37 in the evening, then temperatures slowly rise overnight.

Tuesday: Showers becoming steady rain, possibly heavy at times from late morning into late afternoon. A rumble of thunder can’t be ruled out, mainly south of Boston. Becoming windy, especially in eastern Massachusetts. High 48-55.

Tuesday night: Showers end in the evening, followed by clearing skies. Low 28-35.

Wednesday: Partly to mostly sunny, breezy, and colder. High 34-41.

Thursday: Sunshine and a few clouds, still breezy. High 23-30.

Friday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and chilly. High 27-34.

Saturday: Increasing clouds, breezy, and milder, with showers likely at night. High 41-48.

Sunday:  Showers ending early, followed by clearing. High 46-53.

Finally, just for entertainment purposes, you may recall that right after the Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2015, we had a fairly sizable snowstorm around here the next day. In 2017, right after the Patriots won the Super Bowl, we had another, smaller in scale, snowstorm 2 days later. Well, someone must have let the GFS know that the Patriots won today, because it suddenly has a snowstorm around here the day after the Super Bowl. Given that it’s 2 weeks away, we put absolutely zero stock in this forecast, but we thought you’d find it humorous.


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