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Cold Front to Bring Period of Rain to New England Tonight

A cold front will be approaching New England on Friday. This will lead to a mainly cloudy day for most, but showers will hold off for the daylight hours. Most areas won't see much by way of showers until after dark.

The front will generally weaken as it approaches New England, but a disturbance will help to reinvigorate the front as it passes through New England, leading to more widespread showers developing.

This re-invigoration has trended toward an earlier start time, leading to more widespread showers and increased rainfall amounts farther west in New England. With that said, rainfall amounts are still looking to be limited, especially compared to previous frontal rain events over the past few months.

As per usual with spring systems, it will be slow to move through the region, with widespread rain not breaking out until around midnight. The bulk of the rain will push through the region early Saturday morning through early Saturday afternoon.

Expected weather early Saturday morning (1st image) and around sunrise Saturday (2nd image):

The steadiest rain will be progressive and push out of most of New England by the early afternoon, however, lighter and scattered showers may linger closer to the coastline into the afternoon. Saturday afternoon should be decent for most of New England. Downeast Maine will likely see rain last for much of the day.

Expected weather Saturday early afternoon:

As stated earlier, even with the strengthening of the front, rainfall amounts will remain limited, with most areas seeing a quarter inch or less. Downeast Maine as well as the immediate coast could see up to a half an inch.

After this, New England should get a break in precipitation through the middle of next week. With broad cyclonic flow likely in place to start next week, a spot shower can't be ruled out. With these mainly dry conditions, along with breezy weather and low humidity, fire risk may become elevated for Sunday and Monday.

Temperatures will be hanging generally around seasonable levels over the next week or so, with no major spring-time warm ups in the picture. Monday will be cooler across the northern tier, and it may be downright cold in northern Maine as another (mainly dry) cold front drops into the region. Central and southern New England will likely be closer to seasonal averages on Monday.

As mentioned before, the next widespread precipitation chance will come around the middle of next week as a system moves into New England from the Great Lakes. This system is not looking overly drenching as of now, but the trends will need to be watched. Colder air will be filtering in on the backside, which could lead to a period of mixed precipitation or snow showers for the mountains and northern Maine. Trends on this will need to be watched as well.

After this system passes, there will likely be a cooler period for the end of next week. While the extent of the chill remains a question mark a week out, odds do favor below average temperatures to wrap up next week.



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