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Boston Weather: 49.0°F | Overcast

Weather: Cold, Cold, and More Cold

By Michael McGraw-Herdeg

production staff

A confluence of factors beyond mortal comprehension has conspired to provide the MIT campus with yet another winter. There are some “fronts” moving around, but this is mostly meaningless jargon. You should know that temperatures at, around, above, or below the freezing point of water are expected for much of the next week. Today we are likely to experience rain which desperately wants to freeze; professional meteorologists call this “freezing drizzle.” Temperatures will not exceed our Tuesday high of 40°F (4°C).

Watch out for ice! It can be slippery even when it is not wet. Also, although icicles may look pretty, do not stand directly beneath them. They may not be as securely attached as you imagine, and they are often very sharp. This accident can be very embarrassing to explain to MIT Medical.

Extended forecast:

Tonight: Showers of rain fall towards the ground. Do not worry! It is not harmful! Low 37°F (3°C).

Wednesday: Parts of the sky are cloudy. Other parts are not. High 55°F (13°C).

Wednesday night: The sky is still partly cloudy. The rest, after 4:12 PM, will be dark. (To one minute of precision, this is the earliest the sun sets in Boston all year!) Low 30°F (-1°C).

Thursday: Still partly cloudy. High 45°F (7°C). Low 32°F (intriguingly, this is 0°C).

Friday: It may rain or snow! If it falls from the sky and it is wet, do not be concerned! It is not fatal. Low 37°F (3°C).

In a few weeks this week will seem warm. Don’t worry about long-term snowball storage space in your freezer just yet. Good luck with your finals!