Is It March Or May?

May 8, 2020 // Article by: Brad Miller

Well, it's officially been spring for about 7 weeks, but here in the Northeast, it feels like winter just won't let go.  And not only have temperatures been below normal in recent weeks, some folks are still seeing snow.  This weekend won't be much different, but Mother's Day is looking a bit better now.  We'll get to Sunday's forecast in a minute, first we have to talk about a March-like Saturday.  As low pressure exits the Northeast and New England Friday night, it will quickly strengthen as it treks towards the Canadian Maritimes.  This will result in a windy and cold Saturday with scattered rain and snow showers.  Yes, scattered snow showers and there may even be some ice pellets mixed in for good measure.  Locations north and west of I-95 will have the best chance to see the mixed showers, but don't be surprised to hear of Boston, New York City, or even Philadelphia reporting some brief frozen precipitation on Saturday.  Here is a look at the simulated radar for 2 PM Saturday.

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The good thing, it is May and even though we won't see much sun on Saturday, the sun angle will prevent any of these mixed showers from accumulating.  And even though most of us will at least reach the 40s Saturday afternoon, temperatures will be below freezing just a few thousand feet above our heads, so that is why it will "be able" to snow.  Any showers will quickly end Saturday evening followed by clearing skies.  If the wind subsides fast enough, then many locations (even towards the coast) will fall below freezing late Saturday night and lend to a frosty start to Sunday.  Here is a look at temperatures for 5 AM Sunday.

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Beyond that, the weather gets much nicer for Mother's Day.  It will still be a bit breezy and cool, but we should see a fair amount of sunshine Sunday afternoon.  Here is a look at temperatures for 2 PM Sunday.

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That's it for now.  It looks like we will finally break this cool pattern by the end of next week and talking about temperatures in the 70s for next weekend.  Stay safe and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there !!