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Boston weather: Sunny this afternoon, temperatures plummet again tonight

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Metro Boston, north shore and metro west: The low pressure system that dumped snow and ice across the Southeast yesterday grazed southeast Massachusetts late last night and early this morning with snow. The low is quickly moving out into the waters east of the Canadian Maritimes and will be replaced by high pressure tonight and Thursday.

As expected the snow was very light in the immediate metro Boston area with just a few flurries north and west of the city early this morning. But, it was a far different story across Cape Cod and the Islands where a general 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulated with a few locations receiving a bit more than that. Sandwich reported 7 inches, Woods Hole 5, Bourne 3.5 and Chatham 1.8. The islands generally saw 2 to 4 inches with a few spot 5 inch totals. New Bedford came in with 2 inches. Closer to the city Hingham reported just under a ½ inch.

The snow is gone and the sun has returned late this morning. The very cold air mass remains today and through tonight before we start to see some recovery in the temperatures Thursday, more so Friday and especially Saturday. A weak cold front will make its approach during Friday as the high pressure system retreats to our south. A milder southwest flow sets up ahead of the front. Thursday will be a mostly sunny day but the approaching front will bring clouds and just a slight risk of a flurry well inland on Friday.

Low pressure approaches for Saturday. Early indications are this low tracks to our west taking a position in northern Maine by Sunday morning. Saturday could be wet in the afternoon with mainly rain along the coastal plain and a wintry mix well inland along the I-495 belt. Precipitation should be light and spotty at times, then coming to an end by Sunday morning as another cold front swings across the area. Temperatures do moderate well into the 30s Saturday afternoon.

Super Bowl Sunday probably remains mostly cloudy and dry. Near seasonal temperatures.

72 Hour Outlook:

Wednesday: Sunshine returns this afternoon. Cold, high temperatures in the low to mid 20s. West to northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday night: Clear and very cold. Lows near 10 degrees, some single digits inland and near 15 in Boston. West winds 5 to 15 mph with a few higher gusts possible along the coastal plain.

Thursday: Lots of sun and not as cold. Highs approaching 30 degrees. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday night: Increasing clouds. Not so cold. Lows in the upper teens to low 20s, near 25 in Boston.

Friday and Friday night: Mostly cloudy. Highs around 35. Nighttime lows near 20 inland to 25 on the coast.

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