After weeks of above average temperatures, it appears that winter has finally arrived. The main story this week is the frigid temperatures across a large portion of the U.S. With yesterday’s high temperature in Boston only reaching 25°F, and temperatures today and tomorrow forecast to struggle to make it to 20°F, we are experiencing the coldest weather of the winter thus far. Today and tomorrow will be particularly frigid, as strong west/northwest winds will combine with the bitterly cold air to produce wind chills down to -12°F. The temperatures should moderate somewhat over the weekend, but are still expected to be below freezing.
While we finally have cold winter temperatures, Boston has still been lacking in the snow department. The 3–5 inches of snow that the National Weather Service forecast for Monday night did not materialize. All the heavy snow remained offshore, while Boston only received a dusting. Ocean effect snow showers will continue to be generated over the next few days, but they will remain off the coast. Our next chance for significant snowfall is Friday night — Saturday, but uncertainty regarding the exact track of the coastal storm prevents a confident forecast from being made at this time regarding the timing and intensity of the snow.