A crazy few days of weather lay ahead for New England. Thursday's focus was on the dry wind and resultant brush fires, while Friday's focus shifts to mild showers and thunderstorms that will be scattered across the region, but certainly abnormal for April 1.
In fact, with a gusty wind continuing - though not as strong as Thursday - and fast wind still present in the sky above, any thunderstorms that develop may tap into some of this wind to produce locally damaging wind gusts Friday afternoon and early evening. The storms will be focused on Western Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Friday's showers and storms come ahead of a cold front, which delivers enough cool air for lows in the 40s overnight tonight, and highs in the 50s with a returning period of decidedly cooler rain Saturday from mid-morning through early afternoon.
Thereafter, yet another cold front marches through the area, brewing some new scattered Saturday afternoon showers - overall, a somewhat unsettled day. As the renewed shot of cold air arrives, a strong disturbance aloft will produce a burst of snow squalls Sunday morning - these should be intense, and though they may not last more than a few hours, a coating to locally as much as a few inches of snow will fall, with an impact on roads Sunday morning.
By midday, sunshine will be out but a fierce wind will gust to 50 mph, causing isolated power outages and driving wind chill values into the 20s as temperatures hold near 40 for most. Monday looks like another chilly day, with yet another disturbance bringing a period of snow, mixed with some rain south, from late morning through afternoon.
After that, temperatures moderate in the 10-day forecast, but rain is probable again by week's end.