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Today's Weather: Temperatures Start To Drop, Rain Arrives Tonight

There was a little bit of overnight rain, and now we're looking at mostly cloudy skies with the chance of a light shower. Temperatures today will be colder than Tuesday, staying mainly in the 40s.

A more potent weather system will affect the region later tonight. We have some heavy rain on tap, but that will arrive after 11 p.m.

A quick hitting rain and snowstorm (north) affect New England overnight. (Courtesy Tropical Tidbits)
A quick hitting rain and snowstorm (north) affect New England overnight. (Courtesy Tropical Tidbits)

The system will move out of the region after bringing rain through Thursday morning. I'm expecting anywhere from half an inch to an inch.

It might sound a little crazy, but the rain is welcome. It's been a dry month and a half and with the early warmth, we don't want to go into the early part of spring on a dry note, so it's a good thing we're getting some precipitation.

It looks as though we are going to be significantly colder than average this weekend. Average highs this time of the year are running in the lower 40s, but we're going to stay in the 30s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Now, there will be plenty of sunshine — certainly a lot more of it than we would have experienced back in say, December.

The higher sun angle makes colder weather easier to take. The chill is not going to last, as already there are signs of warmer weather early next week. If you are tempted to do any gardening, just remember if you uncover some of the tender vegetation, it can get frost damage with readings down in the teens and 20s over the upcoming weekend.

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Wednesday: Cloudy, a shower possible, but mainly dry. Highs in the lower 40s.

Wednesday night: Rain arrives after 10 p.m. Lows 35-42.

Thursday: Early rain, late day sunny breaks. Blustery. Highs 45-50.

Friday: Sunshine and cold. Highs 35-40.

Saturday: Mainly sunny. Chilly. Highs in the 30s.

Sunday: Partial sunshine. Highs 33-39.

Monday: Continued sun, not as cold. Highs around 40.

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


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