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Boston Weather: 59.0°F | Light Rain

Weather: Fifty Miles from Flurries

By Michael J. Ring
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- A sure sign of winter’s approach is the first mention of snow in the forecast, and while the immediate Boston area should escape the week without snow, northern New England will probably see a few flakes tonight.

The jet stream’s dip to the south has allowed cool Canadian air to flow across the northern United States. This cold intrusion has supported light snow on Michigan’s upper peninsula associated with a low pressure system near the Great Lakes. This storm will move eastward and bring us showers tonight. While any precipitation in Massachusetts should fall as rain, it will probably be cold enough to support snow flurries in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

While Wednesday and Thursday look dry, they will also be chilly - on both days the high temperature will struggle to reach 50 F (10 C), remaining nearly 10 degrees F below climatological norms for high temperatures at this time of year.

Extended Forecast

Today: Increasing cloudiness. High near 52°F (11°C).

Tonight: Scattered rain showers. Low near 36°F (3°C).

Wednesday: Cloudy in the morning but clearing in the afternoon. Cool with highs near 48°F (9°C).

Wednesday night: Clear and cold. Frost is likely in the suburbs and possible even in downtown Boston. Low near 32°F (0°C).

Thursday: Sunny and continued unseasonably cool. High near 50°F (10°C). Low near 34°F (1°C).