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Colder weather returns for Sunday

Posted by David Epstein  March 8, 2014 07:05 PM

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Did you enjoy today? Wasnít it fantastic? While I was walking the dogs and they were getting muddy for the first time this season, I started thinking about you folks who read my blog and I was wondering what everyone was doing. I hope you got a chance to enjoy the sunshine and the mild air, it really was a welcome change for everyone.

Sunday begins daylight saving time. This is when sunsets make that jump and hour later to set just before 7, but the sunrise also moves up an hour meaning it wonít clear the horizon until after 7 in the morning. If you are an early riser like me, you probably arenít a fan of this weekend. The good news is we are gaining light so fast; the sunrises will be back to where they were this morning in about 4 weeks.

Most of you have heard about the possible storm for next week and I will get to that shortly. First, I wanted to write about the rest of the weekend and early next week.
We have a series of air mass changes during the next 72 hours. The first of these is the introduction of colder air for Sunday when highs will be nearly 20 degrees colder than Saturday, mostly in the lower and middle 30s.

Another front traverses the area Sunday night and Monday with a few snow showers. As was the case last week when snow showers were in the forecast no everyone is going to see them. If you do get a period of snow it may coat the ground or amount to half an inch of snow, but itís not a storm situation.
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Highs will be in the 30s on Monday as well. Monday night, as milder air streams north there might be another round of snow showers, same idea on any accumulation as Sunday night and early Monday.

Tuesday will be the mildest of the days this second full week of March. With a blend of clouds and sunshine, highs will again rebound into the 40s with the mildest readings between 2PM and 4PM.
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There is a storm off the coast of California which will move inland, cross the country and eventually play into our weather for Wednesday and Thursday. The impacts to travel, if they are going to occur will be the commutes on Wednesday and perhaps the morning commute Thursday. Itís likely two of those three commutes will be most affected, but I canít tell you which ones yet.
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The storm has the potential to be significant and also to even start as rain in some areas. There are lots of possible scenarios and since the energy for the storm is still so far away, itís not prudent to guess at those specifics. It does appear, unlike the last several storms, this one will move north much further so all of New England is potentially in its path.

I'll update my thoughts on the storm on Twitter @growingwisdom.

Once the storm goes by more arctic air is going to return to the region with temperatures far below average. Itís like some areas will stay well under freezing Friday.
Looking at the overall trend for the period from March 15th to March 22nd, it looks colder and stormier than average. In other words, I hope you enjoyed today, because this winter isnít over by a long shot.

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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