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Boston Weather: 78.0°F | Light Rain


The Blizzard of 2006

By Brian H. Tang

Winter was notably absent these past few weeks, but it came with a vengeance on Sunday. Logan Airport received a substantial amount of snow (17.5”), making the Blizzard of 2006 the 11th worst snowstorm on record for Boston. Elsewhere, Hartford and New York City each broke their all-time single storm records with well over 20 inches. Yet Providence only accumulated a little under 10 inches, so the amounts were quite variable. Winds also gusted above 40 mph as the Nor’easter strengthened, rapidly creating a tight pressure gradient and accelerating winds. The blowing snow resulted in near-zero visibility at times.

If you’re sick of the snow already and miss the warmth of January, this week will feature a warming trend to satisfy your spring nostalgia. Southwest flow will bring up milder air, which will melt the snow, albeit slowly. However, this is only temporary; there are signs that we could be due for an arctic blast in about a week, so Jack Frost may be coming to town again. Hopefully, your Valentine or a quart of Ben and Jerry’s can keep you warm.

Extended Forecast

Today: Scattered clouds and warmer with a light southwest wind. High 39 F (4 C).

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low 30 F (-1 C).

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and even warmer. High 46 F (8 C).

Thursday: Partly cloudy and mild. High 48 F (9 C). Low 35 F (2 C).