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Boston Weather: 47.0°F | Light Rain

Weather: When Will We See the First Snow?

By David Flagg
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- With the latest sub-normal temperature regime prompting the return of our pre-winter apparel, we are reminded that the first flakes of the season cannot be too far behind. In Boston, the earliest recorded trace of snow came on October 2nd, 1899. The earliest measurable snowfall fell on October 10th, 1979, when 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) surprised even the meteorologists. In 1913, a grand total of 0.4 inches (1.0 cm) fell during the month of October, giving that year the title of snowiest October. However, for those less enthusiastic about the impending return to winter, you can take heart in the fact that the average date for the first trace of snow in Boston is not until Nov. 4. Moreover, the first 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) or greater snowfall does not arrive, on average, until Dec. 5. Back in 1973, Bostonians waited until Dec. 16 before the first flakes ever fell. Statistics aside, this week will continue to be cooler than normal with a fairly narrow but high amplitude trough dominating our weather in New England through Friday. Look for warmer, more seasonal temperatures and sunnier weather by the weekend.

Extended Forecast

Today: Overcast with a chance of rain, breezy. High 64°F (18°C).

Tonight: Cloudy. Low 46°F (8°C).

Tomorrow: Clearing skies, crisp. High 51°F (10°C).

Tomorrow night: Becoming cloudy again, cold. Low 38°F (3°C).

Thursday: Continued overcast and cold. High 49°F (9°C).

Friday: Clearing skies, slightly milder. High 52°F (11°C).