• Partly sunny skies Friday, patchy snow showers possible Saturday


    We'll see partly sunny skies Friday. Highs will range from the lower 40s inland to mid 40s on the coast and Cape. Boston will hit 45 later today. You can thank those winds from the southwest at 5-10 mph for bringing the warmth to town. The average high for January 17 is 35 degrees so we'll be about 10 degrees above normal.
    Clouds will move in tonight. Temps this evening will fall back to the lower 30s inland and middle 30s  in Boston and the shore by 9 p.m. It will remain dry for all outdoor plans.
    A flurry may develop after midnight but snow showers will stay incredibly light and patchy through Saturday morning. As the coast warms up we'll see occasional flakes turn into drops, though inland will be cool enough for snow most of the time.
    Moderate rain (mix inland) will take over between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. At times it may even turn heavy. A widespread 0.25" of precipitation is expect with some towns and cities receiving 0.5." This means you should plan on a wet Saturday afternoon.
    If temperatures fail to warm up enough, mostly along, north and west of 495, we may get stuck with a period of snow that provides a quick coating to 3" in the afternoon. This is a scenario to keep in mind though currently the forecast involves just a patchy coating in these spots. The temperatures are a vital part of predicting the snow because it all falls as flakes from the clouds— it just melts on the way down when it's in the 40s like at the shore Saturday!
    It will turn dry by 7 p.m. Saturday. The mercury drops back into the 20s overnight.
    Sunday will be cooler with highs in the 30s. It will be mostly cloudy with a few flurries.

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