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Boston Weather: 45.0°F | Overcast

Weather: FA 4-for-1 Deal

By David Flagg
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- It is not often that we can experience four distinct types of precipitation in one day, but here is our chance! After a week of the mildest weather in Boston since the beginning of the year, the start of this weekend will feature a stark reminder that it is only February. A broad, swift-moving area of low-pressure will bring precipitation to Boston starting around midday. It will fall first as snow with minor accumulations likely, but perhaps up to 6” (15 cm) in the suburbs far north and west of Boston. The precipitation will gradually change to sleet (ice pellets) and freezing rain as warmer air enters aloft. Then, by early evening, all precipitation will have changed to rain in the city and may be heavy at times. For those with travel plans beyond the city this weekend, outlying areas west and north of town may have a prolonged period of icing tonight before any changeover to rain making travel especially hazardous. The rain will wind down early on Saturday morning, leaving mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures. A few light snow flurries may dot the landscape later in the afternoon as the storm sweeps up through the Canadian Maritimes, leaving gusty winds in its wake for the balance of the weekend.

Weekend Outlook

Today: Snow developing around midday, changing to sleet and freezing rain, heavy at times. High near 35°F (2°C).

Tonight: Sleet and freezing rain quickly changing to rain, heavy at times. Low near 32°F (0°C).

Tomorrow: Morning rain showers ending, giving way to variable cloudiness. A chance of afternoon snow flurries. High near 40°F (4°C).

Sunday: Mostly sunny, windy. High near 25°F (-4°C).

Monday: Partly cloudy. High near 28°F (-2°C).