Posted by Pete Bouchard
You wanna crown it a thaw, crown it a thaw. But you first have to have a winter. So far, we've only had 9 below normal days (three were only 1 degree below normal) since (meteorological) winter began on December 1st. That's an awful lot of above normal weather - 4 were in double digit warmth.
This new pattern is nothing foreign to us. We've been here before - this was the same pattern we had before the big (and brief) freeze around the holidays. Will we return to the cold? Perhaps, but that is for later forecasts. As we all know, long range forecasts (7-10 days) can be riddled
In the meantime, it's all about above normal temperatures. Highs tomorrow and Wednesday will jump (but not soar) into the 40s. This won't put us in meltdown mode, but it will chew away a lot of snowcover. For those with backyard ice rinks, nighttime temps will still drop below freezing each night. It's not until late week that we might have some issues with complete meltdowns. By then, overnight low temperatures will be near or a little above freezing (Fri-Sun). It's also when we might make a run at the upper 50s for the Pats game!
There is only one weather system in the pipeline this week. It comes late on Friday with a good batch of rain. Should exit by Saturday morning without a whisper of cold air behind it.