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Boston Weather: 50.0°F | Partly Cloudy

Weather: Warmest New England Winter Ever

By Greg Lawson
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- The word from the National Weather Service is that these last three days of February should deliver the warmest December, January, February combination on record in New England. Not that these last three days matter that much to the running average, but today is certainly going to be a big help as a healthy southerly breeze brings plenty of warm air northward and an afternoon high in excess of 60 F (16 C), a full 20 degrees warmer than normal.

We owe our warmth to an abnormal winter flow pattern. Storms have been tracking well to our west, often missing us completely or just leaving us in their warm sector with rain instead of snow. There is currently a low out west of the Appalachians coursing due north. It will experience tremendous growth over the next 24 hours, and when this low finally passes north of us it will deliver rain here. The cold front could possibly lead to some light snow before ending. Once this passes, we’ll return to more normal temperatures and await what looks to be a huge storm for the latter half of the weekend.

Extended Forecast

Today: Gloriously warm. Partly to mostly cloudy. Light southerly breeze. High of 61 F (16 C).

Tonight: Rain beginning late. Wind strength increasing. Low of 43 F (6 C).

Wednesday: Rain possibly turning to snow in the evening. Winds slowing and shifting to westerly. Temperatures dropping during the day. High of 50 F (10 C). Low of 26 F (-3 C).

Thursday: Skies clearing. High in the lower 30s (-1 to 1 C). Low in the low 20s F (-6 to -4 C).