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Boston weather, metro north and west: Cold eases later this week

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There is some good news on the weather front this morning. Toward the end of the week temperatures are expected to moderate somewhat, perhaps even reaching seasonal normal readings over the weekend. We mentioned yesterday there was a threat of a storm later in the week but the thinking here was it would be a miss. As of this morning it is no longer a threat and will be suppressed too far south moving harmlessly out to sea. Instead, strong Canadian high pressure will be our friend in protecting us from the storm and keeping us mainly dry through the remainder of the work week and into the start of the upcoming weekend.

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However, a weak disturbance in the upper levels comes out of the eastern Great Lakes on Wednesday and moves across southern and central New England. This will stir up the atmosphere with considerable cloudiness and a chance of snow showers Wednesday and Wednesday night. This will primarily be a nuisance only issue with perhaps a coating to an inch in some locations, especially across the North Shore.

We do have to endure two more cold days and nights before the arctic air retreats. Although not as cold as recent days and nights the mercury will run 10 to 15 degrees below normal through Thursday night before the recovery begins.

Over the weekend another cold front moves through and stalls to our south. A weak disturbance may ripple along the front and if so this will bring us mostly cloudy skies with a chance for snow showers Sunday.

Don’t forget we begin Daylight Savings Time this weekend as the clocks go back one hour early Sunday morning. Although you early morning commuters will be set back into darkness the positive will be the later sunsets in the evening.

72 Hour Outlook:

Wednesday and Wednesday night: Considerable cloudiness and cold. Becoming breezy along the coast later in the day and overnight. Chance of snow showers developing. High temperatures in the upper 20s to low 30s. Overnight lows in the teens. North to northeast winds may gust to 25 mph along the coastal plain at night.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and continued cold. Highs in the upper 20s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy. More cold. Lows in the teens with some single digits possible inland.

Friday and Friday night. Not so cold. Fair skies prevail with highs in the 30s and overnight lows in the 20s.

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