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Boston Weather: 86.0°F | Mostly Cloudy


Tenacious C

By Brian H. Tang

Cold! It’s coming despite yesterday afternoon’s record-breaking temperature of 68 F (20 C) at Logan Airport. We are in a pattern of extremes. The board is set and the pieces are moving. One of the strongest cold fronts in recent memory is currently marching eastward through the US. If you have family or friends living west of the Mississippi and have talked to them recently, undoubtedly you have heard about the weather doing strange things, especially in the Midwest. For example, places in Oklahoma and Kansas went from about 70 F (21 C) with thunderstorms to 25 F (-4 C) with snow and ice in about 24 hours.

While the change won’t be as extreme here, the cold weather that will funnel in behind the front will certainly feel out of place given the abnormally warm November we just enjoyed. Scattered light showers will wet the ground during the morning and afternoon hours. As the front approaches from the west, the rain will become steadier and there may even be a few thunderstorms with strong gusty winds in the evening. The front will pass through a couple hours on either side of midnight and will be marked by a sharp decrease in temperature and strong winds out of the west. The arctic air, however, will take a couple of days to fully become entrenched in the area, and it’ll be here to stay for awhile. This will open the door for our first chances of snow next week.

Extended Forecast

Today: Unseasonably warm with morning and afternoon scattered showers, evening wind and rain. High 67 F (19 C).

Tonight: Clearing after midnight. Windy and turning colder. Low 41 F (5 C).

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and windy. High 47 F (8 C).

Sunday: Mostly sunny and chilly. High 44 F (7 C).

Monday: Cloudy and cold with a chance of snow. High 38 F (3 C).