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Boston Weather: 51.0°F | A Few Clouds

Weather: Did I Mention It's Winter?

W. Greg Lawson
Staff meteorologist

After failing to bring us snow this past weekend, winter will now try to make its presence known through its temperatures rather than its precipitation this time we might actually have to acknowledge it. There is a large arctic high to our northwest responsible for ushering in the frigid air we have been experiencing of late. Unfortunately, there are very weak steering currents driving it and it is situated over a very cold surface, so it will take its time in leaving us. This means we will have temperatures of freezing or below persist through to late Thursday morning when we will finally get some relief from a low-level short wave as the high slowly moves out to sea. At least the winds which gave us a wind chill advisory last night will die down as the off-shore low to our east drifts away. This will leave us with crisp, chilly air for the next two days. We'll have mostly clear skies with some occasional cirrus and light northerly winds shifting to easterly as Thursday approaches.

Some thicker clouds should precede the short wave's arrival though there will not be any major precipitation associated with it, only a slight chance of flurries. In any case, the temperatures will again rise above freezing. Though it is too early to say with any real certainty, there appears to be a chance for some real precipitation on Friday. If so, it would probably be rain given the temperatures.

Today: Chilly. Mostly sunny. Light northerly winds. High 25F (4C).

Tonight: Very cold. Mostly clear skies. Low 15F (10C).

Tomorrow: Still chilly. Clouds roll in as day goes on. Winds shifting to

easterly. High 32F (0C). Low 25F (4C).

Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Slight chance of flurries. Relief in

temperatures. High in upper 30s/lower 40s (4-6C).

Friday Outlook: Rain perhaps? Still above freezing.