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Boston Weather: 70.0°F | Partly Cloudy


A Chilling Outlook

By Gerard Roe

High pressure extends over New England at the moment giving blue skies and the briskest weather of the season to date. As the high spins on its wheels, the flow will switch to northerly and then to easterly by Wednesday. This easterly flow means that the warm ocean air rises up over the cold land air mass giving clouds and a chance of precipitation. It is certainly cold enough for snow, but the strongest lifting should occur to the south, so we may well be spared the flurries. In the longer term outlook, the high pressure will slowly drift off to the northeast and as the flow becomes southerly temperatures will slowly rise. However, as the high moves off, it leaves a slot in its wake into which a storm system may develop. The long range forecasts tentatively predict that occurring at the weekend or early next week. So keep one eye out on the weather if you have travel plans for early next week.

Today: Clear in the morning but clouds building up during the afternoon. Winds from the northeast at around 10-15 mph (16-24 kph). Uncomfortably chilly temperatures continuing. High 33F (1C).

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Winds dying down a little. Low 22F (-6C).

Wednesday: Cloudy with a slight chance of a flurry. Continuing cold. High 36F (2C). Low 27F (-3C).

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Slightly warmer. High 38F (3C). Low 30F (-1C).