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Boston weather, metro north and west: Biting cold tonight, frigid into mid week

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A busy week of weather is on tap and actually started yesterday with the heavy rain in the local area. With that system moving into eastern Canada we await the arrival of an arctic front which is expected to move through by early this afternoon. Once it does so we begin the transition to much colder weather that will be with us through the remainder of the week. By Thursday morning it could be snowing here and it may not completely shut down until later on Friday, as low pressure will move out of the Ohio Valley Thursday and redevelop later at night off the coast south of New England.

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Today, variable amounts of clouds with colder air streaming in this afternoon. Gusty winds will make it feel quite cold by sunset. Generally fair skies overnight but the big story will be the plummeting temperatures.

You will wake on Tuesday morning to temperatures in the teens and it stays cold all day. With a disturbance moving out of the northern Great Lakes into northern New England there will be an increase in clouds with a chance of an afternoon flurry or snow shower.

Skies clear out on New Years Eve and another shot of bitterly cold air moves in through the overnight. If you are attending first night activities in Boston and will be outdoors for any period of time plan on it being uncomfortably cold and dress accordingly. Not only will temperatures dip back into the teens by midnight but a gusty breeze will lower wind chills into the single digits to near zero.

Although the first day of 2014 will present us with a fair amount of sunshine it will be ineffective in providing any warmth. An uncomfortably cold day is on tap with chilling winds keeping wind chills in the teens through the day, perhaps even upper single numbers at times.

I’m sure you are already hearing about the potential for a big storm Thursday and Friday. Low pressure will be moving through the Ohio Valley late Wednesday night into early Thursday. As a result clouds are expected to rapidly overspread the region Wednesday night and snow could break out here before dawn. The storm will redevelop off the coast just to the south of New England later in the day and overnight Thursday to be centered in the waters just east of New England midday Friday. Also, high pressure will be centered in southern Quebec continuing to supply the very cold air and the stage is set for the possibility of a significant snowstorm. Gusty winds off the ocean will be another feature of this storm and with high astronomical tides around midday Thursday and Friday there is the possibility of minor coastal flooding during those high tide cycles.

With many students heading back to class after New Years Day this storm may cause school closures and will certainly impact travel both days. Keep in touch with local news and weather outlets for the latest updates and we will also be providing updates moving forward.

72 Hour Forecast:

Monday: Variable cloudiness and turning colder this afternoon. Morning temperatures in the upper 30s to 40 degrees will collapse into the upper 20s later in the day. Gusty west winds to 25 or 30 mph this afternoon.

Monday night: Partly cloudy and much colder. Breezy early at night. Lows in the low to mid teens. West winds diminishing to 5 to 15 mph.

Tuesday: Sun early, mostly cloudy in the afternoon with a chance of a flurry or snow shower. Cold, highs only in the low to mid 20s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

New Years Eve: Clouds early with an evening flurry possible, followed by partial clearing later at night. Bitterly cold with temperatures falling into the low to mid teens and gusty west winds up to 25 or 30 mph.

New Years Day: Mostly sunny early, followed by afternoon increasing clouds. Cold, highs in the low to mid 20s. Winds may gust to 20 or 25 mph at times.

New Years Night: Becoming mostly cloudy, chance of snow breaking out by dawn. Very cold, lows upper single digits to low teens.

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