Weekly Outlook: February 5-11, 2018

Sure, that wasn’t the outcome that most of us wanted, but cheer up – there’s snow on the way! Wait, that doesn’t make you feel better? Well, before you know it, Spring will be here. After all, today is Truck Day, and pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers a week from tomorrow. Does that make you feel better?

The first sign of spring is upon us – today is Red Sox Truck Day, when all of the equipment gets loaded up and shipped down to Fort Myers for spring training. Image provided by Boston.com

The week will actually start off with a couple of dry but chilly days. The system that brought us some rain Sunday night will pull away, and high pressure builds in for Monday with sunshine and cold temperatures. Tuesday will be another chilly day, but the sunshine will be replaced by clouds as low pressure approaches from the southwest. Since the pressure over us today and Tuesday will be moving into Atlantic Canada, it won’t be in an ideal spot to keep the cold air locked into place on Wednesday, meaning that we’ll be dealing with a rain/snow line. Snow will spread across the area during the day on Wednesday, but the question is – how far inland does the rain/snow line penetrate? There’s plenty of disagreement between the models, so we’ll likely have a special blog post about this later on Tuesday, as the details should be more clear by then (we hope). Right now, we’re thinking that the rain/snow line gets to at least I-95, possibly all the way to I-495. Where it stays all snow, we’re talking plowable snow, likely in excess of 6 inches. The best chance for that will be in southern New Hampshire. Elsewhere, some accumulation is expected, with the amounts dependent on how quickly a change to rain occurs, if it occurs at all.

The GFS tries to bring the rain/snow line into the Merrimack Valley with the mid-week storm. Other models have different ideas as to how far inland the changeover happens. Loop provided by Pivotal Weather.

Everything changes back to snow before ending Thursday morning, then high pressure builds back in later on Thursday. However, a quick-moving system spreads clouds back in on Friday, with a little bit of light snow Friday night into Saturday morning. Another system quickly follows for Sunday. Right now, this one looks to be warmer, with mostly rain across the region, however, it’s a week away, and a lot can change between now and then. We wouldn’t be surprised at all if the models trend colder, and that system ends up as more of a snow threat than it currently looks like. We’ll worry about that one later in the week.

Football season may be over, but Patrice Bergeron (pictures) and the Boston Bruins are serious contenders for the Stanley Cup. Remember how warm it was for their parade in 2011? Wouldn’t that be nice right about now? Image provided by NHL.com

Monday: A cloudy start, then becoming partly to mostly sunny and breezy. High 33-40 in the morning, then temperatures hold steady or drop a bit in the afternoon.

Monday night: Clear skies in the evening, then clouds start to roll back in after midnight. Low 15-22.

Tuesday: More clouds than sunshine. High 32-39.

Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 18-25.

Wednesday: Cloudy with snow developing, changing to rain at least as far inland as I-95. Becoming windy across Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts. High 31-38, except for southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and southern Rhode Island, where temperatures could jump into the 40s towards evening.

Thursday: Any lingering snow or rain ending early, then gradual clearing is expected. High 28-35.

Friday: A sunny start, then clouds move back in. Some light snow is possible at night. High 25-32.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, some snow showers possible in the morning. High 35-42.

Sunday: Cloudy with a chance of rain or snow, becoming windy across Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts. High 38-45, possibly warmer across southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and southern Rhode Island.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
The Bruins aren’t the only team in town primed for a deep post-season run well into the Spring and early Summer. Kyrie Irving and the Celtics are also having a great season. Image provided by NBA.com

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