Spring just around the corner?

Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo  Sap buckets outside of Sugar and Spice restaurant in Mendon on Sunday afternoon show that sugarmakers are getting ready for the season.

Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
Sap buckets outside of Sugar and Spice restaurant in Mendon on Sunday afternoon show that sugarmakers are getting ready for the season.

It’s about to start looking like sugaring weather, with cold nights and warmer days, although that won’t get here till the end of the week. Today we’ll likely see the same intermittent snow showers that we’ve had over the last few days, with some light winds. Talk around town has shifted to wishing for snow to ‘well, I might just be ready for spring.’ ‘Yup.’

Today: Cloudy. Hilltop snow showers likely. Scattered valley snow showers or flurries. Highs 29-34 north; 32-38 south. Northwest wind 5-15 mph.  Snow accumulation of a trace to an inch.

Tonight: Cloudy. Scattered, diminishing flurries. Lows 22-26. Northwest wind less than 10 mph.
Tuesday:  Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries or sprinkles. Highs 37-42. N-NE wind 5-15 mph.

Extended Forecast:
Tuesday Nt: Mostly cloudy. Lows 25-28.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance for drizzle. Highs 37-42.
Wednesday Nt: Partly cloudy. Lows 26-30.
Thursday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 36-41.
Thursday Nt: Fair. Lows in the 20s.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 40-45.

Forecast Discussion:
Low pressure stacked through a deep layer in the atmosphere is centered just south of the Bay of Fundy this morning. It’s been responsible for the clouds and periodic snow showers and flurries throughout the weekend, and will give us one more day of the same before starting to pull out to sea tonight, then accelerating to the east tomorrow.  High pressure over central Quebec will edge southward in its wake and slowly dry out the atmosphere. Some low-level maritime moisture will hang around through Wednesday due to a developing easterly flow between the high and a new storm that’ll bring heavy rain or heavy wet snow to the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday. Later in the week as the flow becomes more northerly, the low levels will finally dry out and the rapidly strengthening March sun will go to work, pushing afternoon temperatures into the low 40s from Thursday through Sunday.  Overnight lows will drop into the 20s.  Sounds like good sugaring weather for the last half of the week!

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