An active weather pattern will take hold of New England in the days ahead, and this should mean some big swings in weather.
We start the atmospheric roller coaster ride with a warm and windy day today, with high temperatures near 70 and southwest winds gusting to 45 mph during the afternoon - combined with recent dry conditions and last year's dead brush on the ground, this all adds up to a high brush fire danger.
The recent dry weather, mild temperatures and the active breeze today will also help to fill the air with maple, juniper and poplar pollen that will annoy allergy sufferers, even as a moderate cold and flu indicator continues to linger from the winter months.
A wind advisory is in effect north and west of Boston through sunset Thursday.
The impacts could include the potential for downed limbs and power outages, and driving challenges for high profile vehicles.
After a mild and breezy overnight with lows in the 50s and patchy south coastal fog, another mild day is in store Friday - but with a slowly approaching cold front from the west, periodic rain is likely, off and on from the day's start to end, with embedded downpours and thunder along the way.
The first of two weekend cold fronts moves through Friday evening, but slows enough that Saturday may still feature some periodic showers under more clouds than sun, with highs in the 50s. Saturday night brings the next cold front, producing some rain & snow squalls with an attendant strong disturbance aloft, and as colder air pours into New England Sunday, highs will only reach about 40 degrees with a couple of early rain and snow showers still possible.
Cold air does strange things in the atmosphere this time of the year, so even as the cold leaves after a chilly Monday, another round of snow showers is possible before some moderation for the middle and end of next week...though rain seems likely by week's end in the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast.