After a warm day, a cold front will come through tonight, bringing some chance of rain and a cool weekend to sweep away the stress of career week. A high pressure system will come in to bring clear skies and temperatures in the mid-60°s to the Boston area for the weekend, serving as a friendly reminder that the first official day of autumn was Wednesday, September 21. The clear skies and high visibility may give everyone a reason to smile on Monday morning.
This week has had quite the juxtaposition of autumn leaves with temperatures up to 80°F (27°C). Hope you all got your Instagram pictures taken because these temperatures won’t be sticking around much longer! In fact, seven years ago this week, Boston had already had its first snowfall of the season. Up to four inches fell in the Boston area on October 19, 2009 resulting in unhappy Patriots fans due to a nearly snowed-out game and bemused Florida-raised college students.
The first flakes of snow fell over Cambridge on Sunday night, marking the unofficial start of the winter season in many people’s minds. It will not get quite cold enough for snow for Boston over Thanksgiving but parts of the midwest and northeast United States have a snowy holiday weekend ahead. In Boston, high winds from the northwest will be replaced by more docile southeastern winds at the end of the week, perhaps abating the bitterness of the dropping temperatures. Over the week, a warm front will push out the current high pressure system sitting over the northeast, bringing rain and cloudy skies.
Although Monday marked the official First Day of Spring, the Northeast appears to have a different idea about what that means than the rest of us. Get all the sun you need today because this weekend is going to be perpetually overcast with some rain and snow. If you're getting out of town for the break, try to bring some spring-like weather with you when you come back! For those staying in Beantown for the week, you can expect temperatures around 40°F (5°C) during the day and relatively low wind speeds.
In this season of formals, carnivals, and other end-of-year celebrations, the weather seems to be enjoying itself by keeping us on our toes. After a clear Thursday, the clouds will come rolling in with a passing front bringing a rainy and chilly Friday. Seniors shouldn't fret, though; the rain will be long gone in time for Senior Ball on Saturday night, but the sun will still be hiding in order to give each of you your time to shine. Early next week, expect warm and sunny days with cool, partly cloudy nights.