We start the day on the cool side of a warm front. As the front goes by, we may see a few raindrops but there actually could be a little sleet mixed in some of the higher elevations Thursday morning.
For most of us, the majority of the day is not raining but just mostly cloudy and a bit cool with a brisk wind coming off the ocean, gusting from the southeast past 25 mph.
High temperature will be generally in the upper 40s to mid-50s. Some of the higher terrain of northern New England may have wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph from the south/southeast this afternoon.
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Showers become more numerous as the sun goes down while fog and drizzle develop Thursday night, with temperatures holding in the 40s.
A slow-moving front will mostly stall near or just west of New England for the next two days. Waves of low pressure riding from south to north along that front bring in bands of rain, possibly heavy at time with embedded thunderstorms.
The heaviest rain likely occurs overnight Friday, and much of Saturday. Temperatures warm to near 70 degrees Friday, and hold near there on Saturday with high humidity and gusty winds, mostly from the south.
Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible. Combine that with melting snow in the mountains, we will see rivers come out of their banks with many flood warnings likely going into effect this weekend. It is possible that a little bit cooler and drier air works in far northern New England Saturday, possibly slowing the rainfall and snowmelt.
However, that front may lift back to the north late Saturday and turn warmer again Saturday night. Upper level low passes over New England later Sunday, which means we may be a little bit drier, and a little bit cooler.
Our Easter sunrise likely dawns gray and misty, with temperatures in the 50s to low 60s.
The best chance for sunshine is probably Monday, when the temperature will rebound to the low 70s once again. Cooler air likely comes in Tuesday along with the return of spring showers for the middle and second half of next week.
Stay tuned to our First Alert 10-Day Forecast.