World and Nation

Normal temperatures make a return this weekend

Over the next two days, we will see a slow return to slightly warmer conditions. Following Thursday’s storm, Boston had a fresh dusting of snow and temperatures were 10-20 degrees below normal. Yesterday night, this low pressure system moved off the Canadian coast. Slightly warmer air has moved over us in its place: today’s highs will be in the 30s, and highs on Saturday will be in the 40s and 50s.

For many of us watching the ice over the Charles River struggling to melt, we wonder when the cold weather patterns will end. Unfortunately, the current long-term forecast for the U.S. shows a familiar situation. The high pressure system over the Western U.S. (the same system that caused severe droughts in California this winter and extremely cold temperatures in the Midwest) is likely to stay in place for the next few weeks. It looks like below-average temperatures are likely in Boston for at least a little while longer.