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Boston weather, metro north and west: Colder air follows latest storm

Another winter storm may stare us down on Tuesday with light snow accumulations possible.
Another winter storm may stare us down on Tuesday with light snow accumulations possible.

The latest storm has moved away with colder air following in its wake. It will be a blustery day on Sunday with gusty winds and below normal temperatures. Frigid air returns tonight.

Yes, the ocean storm that had weather warnings posted in the local area did under perform in metro Boston and points north and west. Areas south of Boston, across southeast Massachusetts and most of Cape Cod saw the significant snowfall and highest winds from this event. While local weather forecasts called for a general 6 to 10 inches of snow locally what fell was much less than that. For the most part southern Essex County and Suffolk County reported 3 to 4 inches with the amounts trailing off to just an inch or two as you got closer to the New Hampshire border. Metro west saw a general 2 to 4 inches.

Here are a few snowfall observations, courtesy of the National Weather Service: For our forecast area, Framingham 4.4 inches, west Peabody 4 inches, Logan International Airport 3.6, Saugus and Danvers 3.5, north Chelmsford and Sudbury near 3, Belmont 2.5, Wakefield 2.1 and Ipswich 1.5. South of Boston a few jackpot totals were 10 inches in Duxbury and Plymouth, 6 in Quincy with a general 5 to 10 inches across southeast Massachusetts and most of Cape Cod.

Along the North Shore coast gusts were generally 40 to near 50 mph during the overnight hours. Marblehead Lighthouse and Newburyport both reported peak gusts of 48 mph, Nahant 45 mph, Bass Rocks just off the Gloucester coast at 44 mph and 40 mph along Revere Beach. Over Cape Cod and the islands gusts were 55 mph at Nantucket Island, 51 Marston Mills, 47 Hyannis and 41 Chatham as reported by the National Weather Service.

A disturbance moves harmlessly south of us tonight, dragging some clouds across the area this afternoon and part of the overnight. High pressure builds south and east from southern Canada, across the Great lakes and into New England Monday. This high will provide dry and cold conditions through Monday.

Low pressure will emerge out of the Ohio Valley and into the eastern Great Lakes by early Tuesday. Typically this track would bring the system well west of our area and a milder air flow would allow for rain rather than snow. However, a secondary low is expected to develop across the waters just south of New England during Tuesday. As a result it remains just cold enough to produce mainly snow rather than rain. At this point it appears to be a light snow event for our area with still a slight chance of a mix to some rain along the immediate coast.

Thereafter, the remainder of the week brings considerable cloudiness with a chance of precipitation again by Thursday and Friday, most likely in the form of rain with some mixing interior Thursday, all rain Friday as temperatures turn milder toward weeks end.

72 Hour Outlook:

Sunday: Bright sunshine this morning, then increasing clouds. Breezy and cold. High temperatures in the upper 20s. West to northwest winds gusting to 25 mph this morning, diminishing through the afternoon.

Sunday night: Turning mostly cloudy with clearing skies late. Much colder, lows 5 to 10 inland, low to mid teens coast. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with a few higher gusts along the coast.

Monday: Mainly sunny and brisk. Highs only in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with some higher gusts along the coast.

Monday night: Increasing clouds. Slight chance of light snow by morning. Cold, lows in the teens.

Tuesday: Light snow. Highs in the low 30s inland to mid 30s coast.

Tuesday night: Light snow ends. Lows around 30.

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