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Boston weather, metro north and west: Wintry mix coast, snow inland Thursday

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A light wintry mix will make for a wet and sloppy Thursday as many of us head out back to work, malls or returning home from our Christmas destination. The precipitation will be a nuisance only as very little snow accumulation is expected, mainly outside of the Route 128/95 corridor, where one half to one inch snow could accumulate. Its possible that secondary roads become slippery for a time. Along the coastal plain the light snow changes to mostly rain keeping any snowfall accumulation unlikely.

The low pressure system responsible for Thursday’s inclement weather will track quickly into the Canadian Maritimes Thursday night and Friday. Skies improve rapidly Thursday night and a pretty nice Friday will unfold as high pressure returns. We can look forward to a nice start to the upcoming weekend, the last of 2013, as dry and seasonably cold weather should be with us Saturday as well.

Low pressure will emerge out of the Gulf of Mexico and move up the coast. It is still somewhat uncertain as to the exact track of this storm, however early thoughts are that it moves well offshore, southeast of Nantucket Island Sunday night. This would bring a glancing blow to the local area, with southeast Massachusetts and the Cape and islands seeing more of an impact from the ocean storm. If the track moves further toward the coast then we can expect more of an impact. Further offshore, then a complete miss.

If you are going to the New England Patriots game be prepared for the possibility of wet weather as the system could impact the area during game time.

72 Hour Outlook:

Thursday: A wintry mix develops along the coastal plain, changing to mostly rain during the afternoon. Light snow inland, perhaps accumulating up to 1 inch west of Route 128/95. Moderating temperatures, highs in the low 30s well inland to upper 30s along the coast. Southeast to south winds 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday night: Precipitation ends early. Skies improve as it becomes partly cloudy. Cold, lows in the low to mid 20s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday and Friday night: A few clouds around as fair skies prevail. Breezy and cold. Highs in the low to mid 30s. Nighttime lows in the low to mid 20s. West winds may gust to 25 mph, diminishing overnight.

Saturday: Mostly to partly sunny and milder. Highs in the upper 30s to low 40s. Light winds.

Saturday night: Increasing cloudiness. Not as cold. Lows in the mid 20s inland to 30 degrees along the shore.

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