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Forecast: Sunny And Chilly Today; Rain Thursday

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Clear skies and light winds allowed temperatures to rapidly fall overnight. This morning we find places like Norwood, Bedford, and even Boston, at some of their coldest readings of the fall. Tuesday's high of 45 was the coldest day we’ve had since April 9.

There’s been snow and cold out west, and although that storm is heading into Canada, a piece of energy will meet up with the tail of that system and bring us some rain Thursday night and Friday.

The storm is a slow mover — meaning the rain will arrive and leave gradually. I think we’ll just eke out a dry commute Thursday evening. If you are leaving Boston after 6 p.m. or headed west of Worcester plan on at least some wet roads as you head home.

The bulk of the rain arrives Thursday night and the first part of Friday. That morning commute could be quite wet and somewhat slow. It’s been very dry the past month again, and we really need a good soaking. Most areas should see about an inch of rain, and if you are lucky, you could receive double that in some heavier showers.

The map below shows how much rain will fall by the end of the evening commute on Thursday. Notice the bulk of the rain is west of Route 495.

Rainfall totals expected Thursday. (Courtesy of NOAA)
Rainfall totals expected Thursday. (Courtesy of NOAA)

The weekend will be dry and seasonable cold. If you want to see your first flakes of snow, there is the chance northern New England gets some flurry or snow shower activity Sunday evening with the colder air. I don’t expect we’ll get snow, but a stray flake isn’t impossible.


Today: Sunny and chilly. Highs 45-50.

Tonight: Clouding up and not as cold. Lows in the 30s to mid 40s.

Thursday: Milder with showers developing later in the afternoon. Highs in the 50s.

Friday: Early showers, partial clearing by evening. Highs 52-58.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 40s.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

You can follow David’s weather updates on Twitter at @growingwisdom.

David Epstein Twitter Meteorologist
David Epstein is WBUR's meteorologist.

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