THE FIRST WEEKEND OF SPRING
Snow Saturday morning
It was a snowy situation Saturday. We had reports of 12” in Coventry, 8” in Tolland, 7.2” in Bolton, 7” in Storrs, 6.2” in Staffordville, 5.5” in Amston Lake, 5” in Stafford, 3” in Lyme, 2” in Canaan, 1” in Old Saybrook, and 0.75” in East Thompson. There is very little snow in the forecast in the next seven days.
Much nicer Sunday
Without a doubt, today will be the better of the two weekend days! The sky will be mostly sunny, and the core of the cold air will lift away to the north and east of New England. This evolution will allow temperatures to rise through the 50s to near 60 degrees. There will be a west to southwesterly breeze, but it won’t be too strong. So, if you have plans to get outside and begin the spring clean-up in the yard, Sunday is your day!
Monday will not be quite as mild. A cold front over northern New England will move south, passing through the state early Monday morning. The air temperature will trend downward as a result. Highs will be in the 40s to near 50 degrees. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and a few rain showers will be likely. Wet snow showers will be possible, especially in the northwestern and northeastern hills. Temperatures will then drop sharply late Monday and especially Monday night. The mercury will plunge into the upper teens and 20s by dawn Tuesday.
Tuesday will be unseasonably cold. Highs will only be in the 30s and lower 40s despite plenty of bright sunshine. A northerly breeze will keep wind chills in the 20s much of the day.
Tuesday night will be quite cold. The combination of clear skies and diminishing winds will allow temperatures to drop to into the teens in many outlying areas.
STILL CHILLY WEDNESDAY
The chilly weather will continue. Highs will be in the 40s despite a full supply of strong spring sunshine. At least the wind will be much lighter with high pressure drifting across New England.
The patter will begin to shift in favor of milder weather Thursday. High pressure will slip offshore and a southerly flow of milder air will develop. After a chilly morning with temperatures in the upper teens and 20s, we’ll see a nice rebound in the afternoon with highs in the 50s! The sky will be partly sunny.
EVEN MILDER FRIDAY
The warming trend will continue, thanks to a strong southerly flow. Morning lows will be in the 30s, but temperatures should reach or exceed 60 degrees away from the coast Friday afternoon! The sky could be partly to mostly cloudy, but our weather is expected to remain dry.
Showers will be possible Saturday. A weak cold front will be approaching the state from New York State. It will have clouds and scattered showers associated with it. Despite the clouds and the system, itself, mild air will be amply supplied and temperatures at 60 degrees or higher will be possible. So, when the scattered showers arrive, they will embody that sweet, spring aroma!
Meteorologist Mike Cameron
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