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Boston weather: Areas north and west escape worst of latest snowstorm

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Metro Boston, north shore and metro west: Locations north and west of Boston escaped the worst from this most recent storm but that certainly cannot be said for those over southeastern Massachusetts. Areas within Norfolk and Plymouth Counties saw over a foot of the powdery snow, with some reporting about 18 inches by early this morning. Most schools in those locations cancelled classes for Wednesday with Boston schools closed as well. A few school cancellations or delayed openings were reported north and west of the city where much less snow fell.

In Essex County the totals were from less than an inch near the New Hampshire border to 2 to 4 inches in general across the lower portion of the county. A few early morning totals were Swampscott reporting 4 inches, Saugus 3, Topsfield 2.5 and Andover about ½ inch. Across Middlesex County Natick reports 4 inches, Ashland 3 and Wakefield about 2.

Elsewhere, Boston reports around 4.5 inches, with the jackpot south of the city. Hanover 18 inches, about 17 in Sharon, 16 in south Weymouth, 15 Brockton and near 12 in Duxbury. Some of these cities may add to their totals since light snow still lingers on through the morning near the coast and especially south of the city.

Bitter cold air remains entrenched across the region as temperatures are still hovering in the single digits at mid morning across the north shore and metro west. Gusty north winds are adding a sting to the air delivering wind chills below zero this morning and around zero this afternoon. Wind chill values will dip to -10 tonight and -10 to near -20 Thursday night.

The intensifying ocean storm is moving away from us this morning and there will be gradual improvement during the afternoon. A clipper system will be shunted south of the area Thursday, perhaps giving parts of the mid-Atlantic a touch of light snow, however for our area we remain icy cold into Friday. We briefly modify some on Saturday ahead of the next approaching cold front which may trigger a few snow showers Saturday and Saturday evening, otherwise, it remains dry through the weekend.

However, the cold front brings another shot of arctic air Sunday and then the possibility of another storm threat by Monday. Those heating bills are not going to ease up anytime soon as we remain in a cold pattern well into next week.

72 Hour Outlook:

Wednesday: A few flurries or passing snow showers through the morning, especially near the coast. Brightening skies this afternoon. Windy and frigid with afternoon high temperatures only 12 to 16 degrees. North winds gusting 25 to 30 mph.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, breezy and very cold. Lows 5 above zero to 5 below, coldest away from the coast. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph, higher gusts through the evening.

Thursday: Partly to mostly sunny, temperatures continue much colder than normal. Highs only 12 to 16. Northwest winds 8 to 18 mph.

Thursday night: Bitter cold. Partly cloudy. Lows hovering near zero. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny. Uncomfortably cold again. Highs around 15.

Friday night: Increasing clouds. Temperatures remaining fairly steady overnight with lows 10 to 14.

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