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Surprise: Return to Winter!

Surprise: Return to Winter!

It appears as if this year’s cold and snowy season is not yet over! In the wee hours of Monday (around 3 a.m. when I was up pondering today’s forecast), I noticed sleet. When I woke up a few hours later, I witnessed another attack from the snow gods. And what was there yesterday afternoon? More snow. This weekend’s glorious 60 degree temperatures are gone. We move from spring to winter in 24 hours, such is the will of the weather of Cambridge, Mass. But never fear, spring is nearly here! The temperatures this week aren’t returning anywhere near the January abyss, with highs in the mid 40s, and lows no lower than the low 30s. And after tonight, all the potential precipitation this week is more likely to be of the liquid variety.

After yesterday’s low passed over us, we find a region of high pressure over New England. The mid-level trough has pulled out to sea, being replaced by a ridge and drier skies today. But don’t expect the brief dry spell to last very long; the next system is on its way tonight, bringing up to a quarter inch of rain tonight. On Wednesday, there’s an even better chance of rain; that night a cold front will move across the region, bringing drier and cooler weather for Thursday. Colder temperatures aloft should also keep temperatures cooler than normal conditions for the coming weekend. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to wait until after spring break for another gorgeous Cambridge spring weekend.

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Rain, accumulating less than a quarter of an inch. Low near 34˚F (1˚C).

Wednesday: About a half inch of rain with a high near 45˚F (8˚C)

Wednesday night: Cloudy with a chance of rain before 9 p.m.; low in the low 30s.

Thursday: Sunny with a high in the mid-40s.