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Boston Weather: 39.0°F | Overcast

Weather: Seeking Snow

By Michael J. Ring
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- Over the past few weeks it seems that virtually every place except Boston has attracted significant snowfall. After a slow start to its winter, Buffalo was measuring snowfall by the foot in the days after Christmas. Last week a major snowstorm swept across the Southeastern United States. And overseas locales such as Athens and Jerusalem have been blanketed by rare snowfalls.

For parts of the Christmas break it was certainly cold enough to snow in Boston, but ironically that mass of cold air prevented snowstorms from striking New England. The high pressure system which brought the chilly temperatures to Boston also steered the oceanic storm track out to sea. Then, when we were hit by a storm on Monday, the low pressure system tracked inland. This placed Boston on the storm's warm side, and hence the system brought primarily rain to the city.

Heavy snowfall will continue to elude the region for the immediate future. A weak storm may pass offshore on Sunday but significant accumulation is unlikely.

Extended Forecast

Today: Chance of afternoon rain showers. High near 40F (4C).

Tonight: Showers end, then gradual clearing. Low near 32F (0C).

Thursday: Sunny and seasonably mild. High of 43F (6C). Low near 32F (0C).

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High of 38F (3C), low of 27F (-3C).

Weekend: Saturday looks dry; there is a chance of light snow on Sunday. Highs in the upper 30s (2-4C) and lows in the mid 20s (-3 to -5C) both days.