A weak area of low pressure is sliding by south of New England this morning. That small storm center has brought with it a thick deck of clouds, a chilly northeast wind, some intermittent light rain, patchy fog and plenty of mist and drizzle. If that weren’t enough, temperatures are hovering in the upper 30s and lower 40s making it feel quite raw. Unfortunately, that’ll be the story for most of our Thursday as there is no good mechanism to scour out the dreary conditions in the short-term.
That said, a much stronger storm center is taking shape over the nation’s heartland and that system will race northward into the Great Lakes today and tonight and swing a cold front through the Northeast and New England during the day on Friday. The approach of that system will bring a wind shift to the southwest tonight and that southwest flow will scour out the murky conditions and pump drier and milder air back into the area late tonight and into the day on Friday. While we won’t see too much in the way of clearing, it’ll be noticeably more pleasant as we close out the work week (despite the threat for a shower and a gusty southwest wind).
Behind Friday’s cold frontal passage, much colder air will pour into the region and take hold of our weather for the upcoming weekend. Temperatures near 50F Friday afternoon will fall to the upper 20s to near 30F Friday night but struggle to climb all that much on Saturday as deeper cold air builds into the region. In addition, a strong westerly and northwesterly wind will develop, with gusts over 40 mph possible at times.