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It’s Raining Pumpkins!

It’s Raining Pumpkins!

Fall is officially here! There are several ways one may have noticed that the seasons changed. First of all, Halloween merchandise is all over the stores (time to start planning your costume). Yesterday’s cool temperatures were another hint, a trend that will continue today. Finally, this weekend is the “Great Glass Pumpkin Patch,” in which the MIT Glass Lab displays and sells over 1,000 handblown glass pumpkins. Unfortunately, the weather may not cooperate this weekend and we may have a wet and rainy pumpkin patch.

Today we will have experience increasing cloudiness as a low pressure system begins to move into the Northeast. The temperatures will continue to be slightly below normal and there is a chance of showers in the evening. The weather from Friday night through the rest of the weekend will be much more unsettled, however. An upper level trough will move through the Great Lakes and Ohio River valley into our region on Saturday and Sunday as a cold front gradually pushes through. Convergence of moist air over Southern New England will make the conditions prime for rainfall. Rain showers are likely throughout the day on Saturday, heaviest after 2pm. We may also hear a rumble or two of thunder. Rainfall may accumulate from 0.25" to 0.50", with larger amounts possible in thunderstorms. Watch out for puddles when you step off the sidewalk. Scattered showers will continue Saturday night into Sunday morning but should taper off by midday. An additional 0.50" of rain is possible, with storm totals of 1 to 3 inches (again, more is possible if we get hit with a thunderstorm or two). The next high pressure system should start to move in to the region on Monday, so the beginning of next week will be dry with seasonably mild temperatures.

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers mainly after 11 p.m. Low of 53°F (12°C). Winds from the west around 10 mph then shifting to from the south.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with rain showers likely. Possible thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m. High of 69°F (21°C). Winds from the south at 10–15 mph gusting to 25 mph. Low of 57°F (14°C).

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with rain showers likely, tapering off in the afternoon. High of 72°F (22°C). Low of 53°F (12°C).

Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 69°F (21°C).

Tuesday: Party cloudy. High of 65°F (18°C).