Weather Discussion

*** A River Flood Warning remains in effect for the Connecticut River until further notice.  ***

Tonight:  Clear, near record cold!  Lows: 18-24 (record: 24 set back in 1995).  Winds: Become light.

Thursday:  Sunny and cool but pleasant.  Light winds.  Highs: 48-54.  Winds: E/NE 4-14 mph.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear to partly cloudy.  Not as cold.  Lows: 26-32.  Winds: E/NE 2-10 mph. 

Friday:  Partly to mostly cloudy, still cool.  Highs: 50-56.

A much needed long stretch of dry weather began here in western Massachusetts today and will last right into the upcoming weekend.  Cold Canadian high pressure builds in overnight and brings the possibility of more record cold.  The crisp, very dry air combined with diminishing winds could send temperatures into the upper teens in the normally colder spots.  The record at Westover ARB in Chicopee for April 17th is 24 degrees.

A beautiful day is expected Thursday with little in the way of clouds.  It will still be brisk and cool but not as breezy and chilly as it was today.  As the high pressure center drifts to our northeast and winds start to turn in from the east, marine air off the Atlantic will start heading our way.  Low cloudiness and cool temperatures will be the result.  Right now it appears these low clouds will start rolling in during the day on Friday.  Despite the clouds we should stay dry.

Easter weekend looks mainly dry as well.  A small piece of energy associated with a cool front swings through Saturday and may trigger a brief sprinkle or shower.  Otherwise a mix of sun and clouds is expected Saturday.  Behind the front it will be blustery and cool during the day with highs in the 50s.  A weak warm front approaches and moves through on Easter Sunday.  Sun followed by increasing clouds and milder 60s is on tap Sunday afternoon.  Right now Patriot’s Day Monday looks dry and seasonably mild as well with partly to mostly cloudy skies and highs in the 60s.  Early bets are for highs in the 60s in Boston Monday too.

Rick Sluben