Weekly Outlook: March 8-14, 2021

Things you won’t need this week: Snow shovels, heavy winter coats. Things you will need this week: Sunglasses, lighter jackets, short-sleeve shirts. Yup, warmer weather is finally on the way.

High pressure settles off the East Coast this week, and that means southwesterly winds pumping milder air into the region. Of course, if you are in a place where a southwest wind is coming off the water, like the South Coast, Cape Cod, or Cape Ann, then it won’t be quite as warm, since the ocean is still pretty chilly. However, it will be sunny for the most part into Thursday. (daytime only, it’ll still be dark at night) The exception will be Monday night and early Tuesday, when a weak disturbance passes by to the north, bringing in some clouds, and possibly a few rain or snow showers in the morning.

Ocean temperatures are still in the 30s to lower 40s. Image provided by Rutgers University.

Temperatures will gradually warm up each day this week, with temperatures getting to above to well above normal levels for the second half of the week, with many places likely topping 60 for a couple of days, and a few 70-degree readings aren’t out of the question, especially Thursday and Friday.

A few record highs are possible on Thursday. Image provided by WeatherBell.

By later on Thursday, clouds will start moving in ahead of a cold front. This front may produce a few showers as it moves through on Friday. How warm it gets on Friday will be determined by when the front comes through. If it holds off until late in the day, we could see temperatures well into the 60s again despite cloud cover, with some 70-degree readings possible.

Friday could end up being a very mild day. Images provided by Pivotal Weather.

Behind the front, temperatures return to normal or even below normal next weekend as high pressure starts to build back in. While some models bring the cold weather back with sunshine, at least one model has the front stall just south of New England, and has a wave of low pressure ride along it. This would keep clouds in place for the weekend along with the risk for some rain or snow showers. We’re going to lean on the drier side for now, but can’t completely rule out a cloudier scenario.

Also, just a reminder, Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday morning at 2am. So, you lose an hour of sleep Saturday night, but sunset won’t be until almost 7:00pm Sunday evening.

Daylight Saving Time starts at 2am Sunday. Sunset next Sunday evening will be at approximately 6:50pm. Image provided by the National Weather Service.

Monday: Sunshine and a few clouds. High 34-41.

Monday night: Mostly cloudy, chance for a few flurries late at night. Low 21-28.

Tuesday: A morning snow or rain shower is possible, then becoming partly sunny and breezy. High 48-55.

Tuesday night: Clear to partly cloudy. Low 23-30.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 54-61, cooler right at the coast.

Thursday: A mix of sun and clouds, breezy, and mild. High 60-67, cooler right at the coast.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, chance for a few showers. High 63-70, cooler right at the coast.

Saturday: Morning clouds, then clearing, breezy, and cooler in the afternoon. High 42-49.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and colder. High 33-40.

Weekly Outlook: March 1-7, 2021

Today is the first day of meteorological spring, but tomorrow will feel like the middle of winter.

We’re starting the week off with some clouds and showers as a frontal system crosses the region. Skies may start to clear out as we head into the late afternoon hours, however, a very strong cold front will move through this evening. The front may be accompanied by some snow showers or squalls, so keep that in mind if you are heading out this evening. Gusty winds behind the front will usher much colder air into the region. Since some of the roads may be wet from the snow showers/squalls, they could ice up if untreated. Wind Advisories have been posted for parts of the region, with wind gusts of 40-50 mph possible behind the front into Tuesday.

Winds gusts of 40-50 mph or higher are likely Monday night and Tuesday. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

High pressure builds in on Tuesday with temperatures more reminiscent of mid-January than early March, despite ample sunshine. Wind chills will likely be below zero to start the day, so bundle up if you’re heading outside in the morning. The cold shot will be short-lived, as high pressure slides offshore, allowing milder air to move back in on Wednesday. Unfortunately, that looks to be short-lived as well, as another cold front moves through late Wednesday, ushering cooler air back in. This airmass doesn’t look quite as cold as the one on Tuesday, but temperatures will likely be below normal once again for Thursday and Friday. With an upper-level low pressure system crossing the Northeast, we’ll still have some clouds around, and a few snow showers may be possible at times. Next weekend looks dry and cold with high pressure building in, but we need to keep an eye on a low pressure system. Right now, it looks like it’ll be too far south to have much, if any, impact here, but it’s a week away, so things can change.

Wind chills will be well below zero for much of the region Tuesday morning. Image provided by WeatherBell.

Monday: Showers ending in the morning, some clearing during the afternoon, becoming breezy. High 45-52 in the morning, temperatures may start to drop during the afternoon.

Monday night: A few snow showers or squalls during then evening, then becoming clear to partly cloudy and windy. Low 7-14.

Tuesday: Sunny, windy, and cold. High 23-30.

Tuesday night: Clear during the evening, then clouds increase. Low 17-24 during the evening, then temperatures hold steady or rise a few degrees overnight.

Wednesday: Partly sunny. High 41-48.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and colder. High 36-43.

Friday: A mix of sun and clouds, breezy, and cold. High 28-35.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 31-38.

Sunday: Sunshine and a few clouds. High 34-41.

Weekly Outlook: February 22-28, 2021

Some milder weather is on tap for part of the week, but that doesn’t mean that winter is over.

We start the week off with a weak low pressure system heading toward the region. For areas from Boston southward, this will be mostly rain, with a few snowflakes possibly mixed in at the start this afternoon. However, there will still be enough cold air in place for precipitation to start as snow north and west of Boston. Even here, a change to rain is likely, but there could be some minor accumulations, possibly as much as 1-2 inches, before the changeover, mainly in parts of southern and central New Hampshire, but possibly into the Merrimack Valley. Everything ends this evening as the storm pulls away.

Not much snow is expected from today’s system. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

High pressure builds in for Tuesday and Wednesday with drier and milder conditions. In fact, parts of the area could make a run at 50 degrees on Wednesday. However, it won’t last long, as a cold front sweeps through at night, with a few showers and colder weather once again. High pressure builds back in for Thursday and Friday with temperatures that are closer to where they should be in late February, maybe even a little below normal again.

Wednesday could end up as a mild day across the area. Image provided by WeatherBell.

Another system moves in for next weekend, bringing some snow or rain to the region. Details are still a bit fuzzy this far out, but it doesn’t look like a big storm, and temperatures may end up cold enough for some snow, at least to start. Of course, given that it is six days away, things will change, so we won’t get into too much detail just yet. Conditions should improve on Sunday as the system pulls away, and it could turn quite mild again.

The models have differing ideas on what to expect next Saturday. Images provided by Pivotal Weather.

Monday: Cloudy and becoming breezy with light rain likely, starting as snow north and west of Boston. High 35-42.

Monday night: Showers end in the evening, some clearing late at night. Low 25-32.

Tuesday: More clouds than sunshine. High 37-44.

Tuesday night: Becoming clear. Low 27-34.

Wednesday: Sunny in the morning, clouds return in the afternoon, becoming breezy, a few showers are possible at night. High 41-48.

Thursday: Sunshine and a few clouds, breezy. High 36-43.

Friday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and colder. High 30-37.

Saturday: Cloudy with a chance of snow or rain. High 36-43.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 43-50.

Weekly Outlook: February 15-21, 2021

This week is going to be messy with not one but two different storms that will produce a variety of precipitation across the region.

We start off the week with plenty of clouds and some light snow and/or freezing drizzle this afternoon as a weak system passes well south of the region. However, another storm system will be moving out of the Tennessee Valley and heading our way. This is the same storm that wreaked havoc on Texas and the Southern Plains over the weekend. At one point over the weekend, all 254 counties in Texas were under a Winter Storm Warning. We’re not sure if that has ever happened before, but it’s certainly a rare event. That storm will head northeastward today, moving up the Appalachians. It will then redevelop south of Long Island tonight, and pass near or across southeastern Massachusetts Tuesday morning.

A variety of watches, warnings, and advisories are in effect across the Northeast ahead of the next storm system. Image provided by Pivotal Weather.

With the low passing to our south, cold air will remain in place for much of the region, mainly north and west of Boston. As milder air moves in aloft, we’ll see snow change over to sleet and then freezing rain this evening and tonight. Before it changes over, we’re looking at an inch or less of snow for much of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with an inch, possibly 2 inches across southern New Hampshire. Once you get north of Concord, NH, several inches are possible before the flip to sleet/freezing rain. An extended period of freezing rain is possible in parts of the area, especially from the Merrimack Valley into Southern New Hampshire. This will obviously result in hazardous driving conditions, but also will increase the threat of power outages due to downed trees and wires from the weight of the ice. From Boston southward, we’re looking at mostly rain, with temperatures above freezing. How far inland that above-freezing air gets is still a question mark, but right now, we’re thinking that areas north and west of Interstate-95 will likely stay below freezing the entire time. Most of the models try to bring the warmer air all the way into the Merrimack Valley or even Southern New Hampshire. However, the models also tend to overestimate how quickly the cold air will erode, especially when there is snow on the ground. Plus, they have significantly underestimated the magnitude of the cold air that moved in across Texas and the Southern Plains over the last few days. For these reasons, we’re going to stay a little colder than the models. Across Cape Cod and parts of southeastern Massachusetts, cold air won’t be an issue, and in fact, temperatures could get to 50 or even warmer for a while Tuesday morning if the storm passes across southeastern Massachusetts instead of just to the south.

Everything winds down by early afternoon, then skies clear out, with colder air returning for Tuesday night and Wednesday as high pressure builds in. From Boston southward, this means that everything will quickly ice back over Tuesday evening as temperatures drop below freezing. Keep this in mind if you’ll be out an about, as many untreated surfaces will become slick. Although Wednesday will feature sunshine, it will be quite chilly, with temperatures likely staying in the 20s to lower 30s, which is as much as 10 degrees below normal.

Temperatures will be 5-10 degrees below normal on Wednesday. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

By Thursday, another system will approach the region, and this one also looks messy, but a little colder. This system will likely stay south of the region, but some milder air will move in aloft. So, once again, we’re looking at snow, changing to sleet and freezing rain, and possibly plain rain in some areas. The airmass ahead of this system will be a little colder than the one we have in place today, so we could be looking at more snow before the changeover, especially from the Merrimack Valley northward. However, this one could also feature a period of freezing rain across the interior. Details like this are nearly impossible to pin down 4-5 days in advance, so we’ll get into more detail towards midweek as things become clearer.

Thursday night and Friday are looking messy once again. Images provided by Pivotal Weather.

High pressure returns next weekend with drier and colder conditions once again. There are some signs that the colder weather we’ve been dealing with for much of the month could start to retreat in Canada next week, but that’s a long ways away, and things can still change.

Above normal temperatures next week? It’s possible, at least according to one model. Image provided by WeatherBell.

Monday: Cloudy with some light snow or snow showers, possibly mixed with a little sleet or drizzle, especially along the coast. High 27-34.

Monday night: Light snow during the evening, mainly from the Merrimack Valley into Southern New Hampshire, eventually changing to sleet and freezing rain, except precipitation falls mainly as rain south and east of Interstate 95. Low 25-32 during the evening, then temperatures may rise a few degrees overnight.

Tuesday: Freezing rain across the interior and rain in the coastal plain ending by early afternoon. High 30-37 north and west of Interstate 95, 38-45 south and east of I-95, potentially as warm as 45-55 across parts of southern Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod during the morning.

Tuesday night: Clearing, breezy. Low 14-21.

Wednesday: Sunshine and some late-day clouds. High 25-32.

Thursday: Cloudy, light snow is possible late in the day, possibly changing to sleet and freezing rain at night. High 26-33.

Friday: Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain ending in the morning, breezy. High 33-40.

Saturday: Intervals of clouds and sun, breezy, a few flurries are possible. High 25-32.

Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny. High 27-34.

Weekly Outlook: February 8-14, 2021

As you stare outside at all of the snow that fell yesterday, we’ve got some a tidbit to show you that despite what it looks like, Spring is right around the corner.

Our forecast for yesterday’s storm was nearly perfect, with only a few places exceeding our forecast. Image provided by the National Weather Service Office in Norton, MA

Yes, the Groundhog said we’re going to have six more weeks of winter, but we’ve got a sure sign for you that Spring is coming soon. Today is Red Sox Truck Day. It’s the day that the big truck leaves Fenway with all of the equipment to head to Fort Myers for Spring Training. Now, the team was largely forgettable last year, and this year isn’t looking a lot better, but if we’re talking about Spring Training starting soon (we hope), then can there really be a lot of winter left? (You really don’t want the answer to that question).

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

As for the weather this week, we’re starting off with sunshine and chilly conditions as high pressure settles into the region today. It won’t last that long, as we’re in a fairly active pattern right now, with systems moving in every 2-3 days, but none of them look to be substantial, at least for now. However, if you get enough little systems over a short period, and it does add up. Sort of like “Death by 1000 Paper Cuts.” The next one sends clouds in tonight, with some light snow likely on Tuesday, possibly mixed with rain along the South Coast. This will not be a big storm, but another 2-4 inches seems likely. It will likely fall during the day, so it could impact both the morning and afternoon commutes, for those of you not working from home.

Tuesday’s show should be on the light side. Image provided by WeatherBell.

High pressure builds back in for Wednesday with drier and cooler conditions. Again, this won’t last long, as another system approaches on Thursday. This storm will also pass south of the region, so we’re looking at another period of light snow sometime Thursday into Friday. The models differ a bit on the timing of this storm, and some of the models show the high pressure area to the north building in, which would keep the snow confined to areas south of the Mass Pike. These are details that can’t be worked out that precisely 5 days in advance, especially since the models have performed rather poorly more than 2-3 days in advance lately, so we’re just going to include a chance of snow for the entire region. Obviously, we have some time to work out the details. High pressure returns on Saturday with colder weather, but then another storm may move in for Sunday with more light snow or a wintry mix possible. It’s obviously WAY too early for any details on that system.

Monday: Sunshine with some afternoon clouds. High 22-29.

Monday night: Becoming mostly cloudy. Low 8-15.

Tuesday: Cloudy with light snow likely, possibly mixed with some rain along the South Coast and Cape Cod. High 27-34.

Tuesday night: Becoming clear to partly cloudy. Low 14-21.

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

Thursday: Cloudy with a chance of light snow. High 23-30.

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance for light snow. High 22-29.

Saturday: Some early sun, then clouds return. High 24-31.

Sunday: Cloudy with a chance for snow or a wintry mix. High 20-27.

Weekly Outlook: February 1-7, 2021

March is supposed to come in like a lion, and it still may, but for now, February is going to as well.

As you may have heard, it’s going to snow today. We’re not going to rehash that too much, since we just wrote a very detailed post about the storm Sunday evening, and our thinking really hasn’t changed much. Suffice to say, snow will become heavy at times this afternoon and tonight, changing to rain for the immediate coast and Cape Cod. It’ll start to wind down early Tuesday, but occasional snow showers and periods of light snow continue on Tuesday with rain eventually going back to snow near the coast. Strong winds this afternoon and tonight slowly diminish on Tuesday as well.

The NWS Blend of Models is still closest to our thinking with snowfall for the current storm. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

So, let’s get to what comes next. On Wednesday, the storm pulls away, heading towards Nova Scotia, but we may still have a few snow showers around, especially during the morning. Skies may start to clear out late in the day. The airmass behind the storm isn’t that cold, so unlike past storms, we don’t have to worry about another arctic blast freezing everything up. High pressure then builds in for Thursday and the sun should return, with temperatures right around where they should be in early February.

Average high temperatures in early February are in the middle to upper 30s across the region. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

Friday and the weekend are when things get interesting again. You may recall a few days ago when some of the tv meteorologists were talking about a big warmup and rainstorm around here for this coming Friday, which would help get rid of a lot of the snow we’re getting today. Well, that’s not quite what’s going to happen now. Yes, low pressure will still travel into the Great Lakes and then Ontario, passing well north and west of us, and temperatures will moderate a bit on Friday. However, temperatures will likely only get into the upper 30s to lower 40s, which is still a little above normal, but not the 50s some of the models were showing a few days ago. We’re also not looking at a lot of rain either. There will likely be some precipitation ahead of a strong cold front, and much of it will be rain, but it might not start as rain across the interior.

The cold front moves through Friday night and high pressure starts to build in with colder air once again. It won’t be as cold as what we had this past weekend, but temperatures will be near to perhaps a little below normal. That’s not the end of the story though. That cold front likely stalls out across the Southeast and then a wave of low pressure will move out of the Gulf of Mexico and start to ride up along the front. Some of the models are showing the potential for that system to bring in some more snow next weekend. It’s still 6-7 days away, and most of the models have not performed that well beyond 2-3 days for quite some time, so we’re not completely convinced of this yet, but it’s something we’ll start to focus on once we get our current storm out of the way. If it starts looking more likely, we’ll have more details in our Weekend Outlook Thursday afternoon.

The models have lots of differences in timing and track of a potential system next weekend. Images provided by Pivotal Weather.

Monday: Becoming windy with snow, heavy at times by late afternoon, changing to rain along the coast. High 28-35.

Monday night: Windy with snow, heavy at times inland, and rain from Cape Cod and parts of southeastern and coastal Massachusetts. Precipitation tapers off toward daybreak. Temperatures hold steady or rise a few degrees overnight.

Tuesday: Cloudy and breezy with periods of light snow and snow showers, except rain showers for southeastern Massachusetts. High 30-37, a little warmer across Cape Cod and possibly southeastern Massachusetts.

Tuesday night: Cloudy and breezy with additional snow showers possible. Low 21-28.

Wednesday: Cloudy with a few more snow showers possible early, some glimpses of sunshine are possible in the afternoon. High 29-36.

Thursday: Partly to mostly sunny. High 32-39.

Friday: Cloudy and breezy with showers developing, possibly starting as snow or a wintry mix north and west of Boston. High 38-45.

Saturday: Some early sun is possible otherwise mostly cloudy with a chance of snow or rain. High 33-40.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with snow or rain possible. High 32-39.

Weekly Outlook: January 25-31, 2021

This is shaping up to be one of those weeks that ages a meteorologist rapidly, since there are not only multiple systems to track, but the bust potential is much higher than normal.

The week starts off rather quietly, with high pressure moving offshore. We’ll still be on the chilly side, but close to normal for late January, and not as cold as the past few days were. Clouds will start streaming in as well, ahead of a storm system moving into the Midwest. This is the first headache of the week.

On average, high temperatures should be in the lower to middle 30s around here in late January. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

As that low pressure area moves into the Midwest, a secondary area of low pressure will develop near the Mid-Atlantic states, and will pass offshore to our south later Tuesday. However, some energy from the original system will still move towards us late Tuesday into Wednesday. The bulk of the precipitation from the secondary storm will stay to the south, with some snow showers or flurries possible along the South Coast, possibly as far north as the Mass Pike. What complicates things is the energy from the original storm. Some of the models have that move across the region with another area of snow, and possibly a decent amount. This has been a recent development in the models over the last 24 hours, which makes us skeptical, but many of the models show something similar, so we can’t completely ignore it. Right now, we’re thinking that a period of light snow is likely Tuesday night into early Wednesday, with some accumulations expected. There are some models that show significant accumulations in parts of the region. While that is possible, we don’t think it’s likely at the moment. If that were to change, we’d update the blog later Monday or Tuesday.

There is plenty of disagreement among the models about how much snow to expected between now and Wednesday afternoon. Images provided by Pivotal Weather.

That system pulls away on Wednesday and high pressure builds in. However, with the high building in north of us, we’ll stay chilly, but we’ll also have northeast winds. This may result in some ocean-effect snow in eastern parts of the area, especially Cape Cod, coastal Plymouth County, and Cape Ann. Some persistent snow showers could result in accumulations, possibly several inches, but this far in advance it’s too tough to predict if or where those bands may setup.

Ocean-effect snow is essentially the same as lake-effect snow. Image provided by NOAA.

Another storm system will head towards the Mid-Atlantic by Thursday, and again, this storm should also pass far enough south to have little direct impact on us. However, unlike the system on Tuesday that will be weakening as it moves this way, this storm will strengthen. In fact, once it moves offshore, it should become a powerful storm over the North Atlantic. It may produce some gusty winds along the coast, especially Cape Cod, and possibly some additional ocean-effect snowfall, but the precipitation shield associated with the storm itself should remain offshore.

Behind that storm, much colder air will settle in for Friday and Saturday. We should finally start to clear out as high pressure builds in, though a few more ocean-effect snow showers are possible, especially across Cape Cod. The more noticeable impact is that it will be very chilly, likely colder than we just experienced this weekend. Daytime highs in the 20s (even some upper teens), and overnight lows in the teens and single-digits seem reasonable right now, with sub-zero wind chills, especially Friday into early Saturday.

Wind chills may be well below zero around here Saturday morning. Image provided by WeatherBell.

This brings us to Sunday, and our next headache. Yet another storm system will be heading for the Mid-Atlantic states, sending clouds our way. With high pressure over southern Quebec, we’ll still be on the cold side. The exact track this storm takes is still a big question mark, but this one doesn’t look like it’ll pass offshore to our south. In fact, several models bring the storm right across southern New England on Monday. We’re not going to get into too many details because it’s a week away, and technically outside the usual range of this forecast, but we’ll just let you know that there is the potential for a decent amount of snow early next week for parts of the region. It’s just potential for now and far from a lock, but the models have been showing this potential for several days now. We’ll get into more details on this one in our Weekend Outlook on Thursday.

Monday: Sunny in the morning, clouds start to move in during the afternoon. High 30-37.

Monday night: Becoming partly to mostly cloudy. Low 17-24.

Tuesday: Cloudy, light snow may develop late in the day. High 29-36.

Tuesday night: Cloudy with light snow likely, possibly mixed with some rain along the south coast. Low 22-29.

Wednesday: Cloudy with light snow likely, mainly north and west of Boston, with snow or rain showers likely from Boston southward. High 32-39.

Thursday: Cloudy and breezy with a chance of snow showers, especially near the east coast. High 31-38.

Friday: Becoming partly to mostly sunny, breezy, and cold, though clouds may linger along the east coast with a few more snow showers possible. High 18-25.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and cold. High 19-26.

Sunday: Becoming mostly cloudy with a chance for snow at night. High 28-35.

Weekly Outlook: January 18-24, 2021

We’ve had an extended stretch of relatively mild weather for January, but that’s about to change.

Temperatures have been well above normal across the Northeast for most of January thus far. Image provided by the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

Temperatures will remain mild compared to normal today, but we’ll have plenty of clouds once again as a weak upper-level disturbance moves across the region. It may produce a sprinkle or flurry in spots, but for the most part, we’ll remain dry. We’ll clear out tonight, then Tuesday will feature some sunshine and cooler temperatures as high pressure builds in. Some clouds will likely develop, because that’s just the way things have been this winter – we can’t seem to get a completely clear day, even when it looks like we should.

Even with high pressure building in, we’ll still have some clouds around Tuesday afternoon. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

Another weak disturbances moves through Tuesday night and early Wednesday with more clouds and possibly a few snow showers, but even colder air will start to filter in behind this system. Some clearing is possible Wednesday afternoon as the system moves away, but another quickly system follows for Thursday into Friday. This may produce some snow showers, but right now, we’re only expecting light accumulations, if that. That system will strengthen as it moves into Atlantic Canada, producing gusty northwest winds around here over the weekend as high pressure builds in, which will result in much cooler weather moving in. It does look like the colder weather will hang around through much of next week, so it will start to feel like winter once again.

Temperatures are expected to below normal across a large portion of the Northeast next week. Image provided by WeatherBell.

Monday: Some morning sun, then becoming mostly cloudy, chance for a sprinkle or a flurry, breezy. High 39-46.

Monday night: Clearing. Low 20-27.

Tuesday: A mix of sun and clouds. High 33-40.

Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a few flurries possible. Low 22-29.

Wednesday: Plenty of clouds, maybe a few flurries in the morning and a few afternoon sunny breaks, breezy. High 29-36.

Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. High 28-35.

Friday: More clouds than sun. High 35-42.

Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny, windy, and colder. High 29-36.

Sunday: Sunshine and a few clouds, breezy. High 27-34.

Weekly Outlook: January 11-17, 2021

Another fairly quiet week is coming up across the region, but don’t expect the dry spell to last too much longer.

We start the week on a chilly note with high pressure sliding offshore. A weak disturbance will spread some clouds in, but little precipitation will accompany it. The middle of the week will feature high pressure at the surface, but with some additional upper-level disturbances swinging through, we’ll have periods of clouds at times, but little to no precipitation, and temperatures that are near to above normal for the middle of January.

Average high temperatures for mid-January are in the middle to upper 30s. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

By Friday, we’ll start to see some changes as a fairly strong low pressure system moves into the Great Lakes. That will keep us on the mild side of it, with some rain possible during Friday and Saturday before a cold front finally pushes through. It won’t be raining the entire time, but it does appear as though our extended stretch of dry weather will finally end. How much rain we’ll get is still up for debate, as the models aren’t all on the same page at the moment. Cooler air settles in behind that front on Sunday.

Some models bring a decent amount of rain in for Friday and Saturday, some have very little. We’ll see which way they trend over the next few days. Images provided by Pivotal Weather.

Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 34-41.

Monday night: Clearing. Low 20-27.

Tuesday: A mix of sun and clouds. High 35-42.

Tuesday night: Variably cloudy. Low 20-27.

Wednesday: Partly sunny. High 36-43.

Thursday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 40-47.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with some showers possible late in the day and at night. High 43-50.

Saturday: More clouds than sun, chance for a few showers, mainly in the morning. High 40-47.

Sunday: Becoming partly to mostly sunny, breezy, and cooler. High 33-40.

Weekly Outlook: January 4-10, 2021

We’ve got a fairly quiet week coming up, but that doesn’t mean sunshine and mild weather the entire time.

The storm system that brought us some rain and snow yesterday and last night will slowly pull away from the region today, but we’ll still have plenty of clouds, and maybe a few more showers, mainly across southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. By Tuesday, the storm will stall out near Atlantic Canada, but the flow around it may help produce a few ocean-effect rain or snow showers, especially across eastern parts of the region. By Wednesday, the system pulls away and high pressure builds in with dry and seasonably cool conditions into Friday.

Normal high temperatures for early January are in the middle to upper 30s around here. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

By Friday night, low pressure will be moving off the North Carolina coastline and headed off toward the northeast. Right now, it looks like this system will pass too far to the south and east to have any impact on us, except possibly Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts, but it’s still 5 days away and things can change, so we’ll keep an eye on it. Once that system pulls away on Saturday, high pressure builds back in for next weekend.

For now, the models are in agreement that a storm stays well to our south Friday night. Images provided by Pivotal Weather.

Monday: Plenty of clouds, some showers are possible across southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, mainly in the morning, a few sunny breaks are possible well inland during the afternoon. High 35-42.

Monday night: Partly to mostly cloudy, a few rain or snow showers are possible in eastern areas. Low 24-31.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, chance for a few more rain or snow showers in eastern areas. High 32-39.

Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 25-32.

Wednesday: Becoming partly to mostly sunny. High 33-40.

Thursday: Lots of sunshine. High 36-43.

Friday: Sunshine dimmed by increasing afternoon high clouds. High 33-40.

Saturday: Clouds early, skies start to clear out in the afternoon. High 31-38.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 32-39.