5/7/20

Good morning!

With mostly sunny skies, and a slight chance of a brief shower or two this afternoon but generally dry conditions prevailing, expect a high around 62, with a northwest wind of 5-10 mph. Clouds will be on the increase toward sunset and will turn cloudy overnight, with a chance of showers, a low of 41, and southwest wind of 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers in the evening, a high around 57, a west wind of 5-15 mph, and gusts up to 30 mph possible. Friday night will have rain, with a low around 33, and a southwest wind at 5-10 mph. Late Friday night to around sunrise Saturday morning, there could be a brief period of mixing with snowflakes. If this happens, no accumulation is currently expected in the Dracut area, but some hill towns to our north and west could see coatings on grassy surfaces. In the much higher terrain of western Massachusetts, southern Vermont and western New Hampshire, there could even be a few inches of snow. This is certainly quite unusual for Mother’s Day weekend, and shows the extent of the cold airmass we are seeing this weekend.

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As for Saturday itself, it will be a pretty crappy day: high of 44, chance rain showers, otherwise mainly cloudy, with a northwest wind of 15-25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph possible. Just a cold, raw, no-good day that is fitting of February.

Sunday won’t be great, being on the chilly side again with a high around 50 after a morning low of 34, but at least it will be mostly sunny and it won’t be quite as windy, but still getting into the 10-20 mph range with the potential again for gusts in the 30-40 mph range depending on how things break out.

Sunday night will be around 36 degrees and partly cloudy; Monday will be partly cloudy and 59, with a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon on what looks like it could be yet another breezy day.

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I promise, there are warmer times ahead. Things look to be be quite cool through at least next Wednesday or Thursday but there’s some potential that it could be nice next weekend (May 16/17). Whether that represents a break of the extremely cold pattern remains to be seen, but it looks increasingly possible we could be headed for more average high temperatures on a more consistent basis toward the back half of the month. Obviously I can’t make any promises, but here’s hoping we can break out of this pattern some time soon.

Have a great day!
-Nathan

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 19 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am going into my junior year at UMass Lowell as a meteorology major. I am the current Vice President of the UML American Meteorological Society Local Student Chapter. Prior to at UML, I attended the Dracut school system for my K-12 years, having graduated from Dracut High in 2018. I first got into weather with the December 2008 ice storm, which knocked out my electricity for 4 days. I had no idea how it could be raining and becoming ice immediately, and how rain can knock out power. (Now I do - warm layer aloft, cold air at surface). But I didn't really get into it until the heat of July 2010 and specifically a few severe weather events during that month, followed by the year 2011, which featured several high profile weather events. Since then I have had a growing interest, and am hoping to make it into the meteorology field, preferably with NOAA/NWS. But for now, I'm blogging here, helping with the UML Weather Center social media, and tweeting about the weather on my own account as well. Thanks for visiting!

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