BOSTON (CBS) – Showers and storms rolled through the area on Thursday with small hail and gusty winds. Take a look at some of the peak wind gusts.
Winds will be gusty once again Friday afternoon. These active winds 15 to 30 mph will make it feel much cooler than the actual high temperatures that will peak in the upper 40s to low 50s. As low pressure spins away from New England, cold air aloft will still be in place, so clouds will fill back in the afternoon and evening with scattered showers developing. There may even be a few snowflakes across the higher terrain north and west.
It will not be a washout or a widespread rain, but any passing shower can briefly stir up the winds and generate graupel or small hail. So make sure you have a back-up indoor plan for the afternoon and evening. The chances of showers will diminish around 7-8 p.m. Winds may gust up to 50 mph with any passing shower over Nantucket and the Vineyard where a wind advisory is in place from noon until 8 p.m.
While it will remain cloudy Friday evening, we’ll find gradual clearing overnight. Winds will also lighten up and temperatures will fall back into the 30s.
BIG CHANGES FOR THE WEEKEND
It will turn drier for the weekend as low pressure slowly moves away from the northeast and high pressure builds in from the west.
Temperatures will be near normal in the low 50s on Saturday with still an active breeze. West winds may gust as high as 25 mph. Expect partly to mostly sunny skies and dry conditions. It will be mainly clear Saturday night with a light wind, allowing temps to drop into the upper 20s to low 30s. It will be a very chilly start to Easter Sunday with some areas below freezing. Temperatures do rebound by the afternoon as a southwest wind develops, so expect highs in the mid to upper 50s. Easter Egg hunts look good to go as dry conditions are anticipated throughout the day. There is a system approaching that may increase the cloud cover late, but rain chances hold off until overnight into Monday. Check out some of the Easter conditions in years past.
If you are sensitive to tree pollen this time of year, be aware levels will be increasing through the weekend. Some improvement returns with as rain moves in on Monday.
Rain and gusty winds return on Monday as low pressure pushes through the area. Can’t even rule out a few embedded thunderstorms. It will be wet for most of the day, so even though temperatures will jump into the 60s, there will not be many chances to get out and enjoy the warmer weather.
The sun does return on Tuesday with temperatures in the 50s with a mix of sun and clouds. By mid to late week, temperatures will slide back into the lower 50s to upper 40s with clouds around. Another weak system looks to bring more precip chances late next week.