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Boston Weather: 32.0°F | Partly Cloudy

Weather: Hurricane Season?

By Jon Moskaitis

Cold weather makes a return to the region this weekend, as the flow pattern once again allows arctic air to stream down from northern latitudes. Expect at least a few days of sub-freezing temperatures, reminiscent of late January of this year. Some light snow will accompany the cold today, with the possibility of a more significant storm on Monday.

While we’re in the depth of winter, the Southern Hemisphere is at the tail end of their summer season. As in the Northern Hemisphere, late summer is also the time of peak tropical cyclone activity south of the Equator. In the past two weeks, three intense cyclones have churned through the same swath of the South Pacific Ocean. The last of the three, Cyclone Olaf, skirted by American Samoa on Wednesday, packing sustained winds of 165 mph (265 km/h) with gusts to 200 mph (320 km/h). It was preceded by Cyclone Meena and Cyclone Nancy, making for a busy two weeks in the typically quiescent South Pacific.

Weekend Outlook

Today: Snow squalls, with light accumulation likely. High 32°F (0°C)

Tonight: Clearing, windy and cold. Low 10°F (-12°C)

Saturday: Mostly sunny, but chilly. High 26°F (-3°C)

Sunday: Partly cloudy, blustery. High 23°F (-5°C)

Monday, President’s Day: Snow likely. High 34°F (1°C)