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Boston weather: Snow showers tonight, milder temperatures ahead

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Forecast discussion: Despite a high pressure system over eastern Canada, an upper level disturbance is passing over New England. This disturbance is helping to create the flurries and snow showers over eastern Massachusetts. Over the last 2 hours, the activity has moved south into central Rhode Island and into Plymouth County, as well as Cape Cod. This activity will continue for several more hours, until the disturbance moves off to the east. Some isolated areas could see an inch of snowfall from snow squalls or light snow.

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The high pressure center will be over the area by tomorrow. So, winds will be turning calm, especially by early Friday morning. Also, winds will be turning from the cold northeast direction to a warm southwest direction. You will notice a dramatic difference in our temperatures on Friday afternoon, as the mercury climbs near 40 degrees. By Saturday, temperatures will actually reach normal conditions for this time of the year.

A cold front will come down from eastern Canada, and also provide us with some possible snow showers late Saturday night into Sunday. However, the snow showers will end before noon, with mostly sunny skies expected before sunset. Let me remind everyone that we turn our clocks ahead one hour Sunday morning at 2 a.m.

The next chance for any precipitation will be Monday, when a weak cold front will give us the chance for a possible mix of rain and snow showers in the morning. The precipitation should change to rain, but all precipitation ends by the middle of the afternoon. High pressure will bring drier weather for Tuesday, before a slow moving cold front will bring some rain and/or snow showers Wednesday. There may be enough cold air in the lower levels of the atmosphere to make this a wet snow, not the fluffy, dry snow we have seen in earlier snow storms. You will notice our high temperatures are not very cold, but are still slightly below normal.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Passing snow showers end, with partly cloudy skies after midnight. We will see a low of 9.
Thursday: Mostly sunny skies with a high of 27. Winds will come from the east-northeast at 8-11 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 16. Winds will come from the east-northeast at 3-6 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny and milder with a high of 39.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 28.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a high of 45.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers around 10 p.m. and a low of 29.

Extended Forecast:
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with possible snow showers ending by the late morning. Mostly sunny skies expected before sunset. Highs 37-40, lows 23-26.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with possible snow/rain showers in the morning, ending by the mid-afternoon. Highs 40-43, lows 28-31.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with increasing clouds through the evening. Highs 40-43, lows 24-27.
Wednesday: Cloudy with rain/snow showers in the early morning, becoming rain showers by mid-morning. Highs 36-39, lows 31-34.

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