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Fall This Week, Winter Next Week

Fall This Week, Winter Next Week

Now that Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror, I have started wondering when that first accumulating snow of the season will arrive and really enhance the holiday feel. The first flakes of the season last week were somewhat of a surprise and also seemed sudden because of all the warm weather preceding it, but the average date for the first trace of snow in Boston is actually Nov. 4. For measurable snow, the average date for the first 0.5 inch is Dec. 5. I’m not sure if we will make it by that date this year, but the weather pattern looks to be favorable for chances of snow in the coming weeks. Until then, however, the forecast looks seasonally cool but not frigid.

For today, the rain will move out by early afternoon; unlike the last several cold fronts, this one has fairly mild air in its wake. This will be with us today through Thursday, with temperatures in the 40s°F and 50s°F and with generally dry conditions. Thursday will cloud up, but at most expect only an intermittent shower. That unsettledness will be associated with an Arctic front which will bring us the coldest weather for the season so far for the end of the week and the weekend. Early indications are that this could be the first in a series of cold outbreaks that might allow for the first accumulating snow event in the next 10 days or so. I can’t speak for everyone, but as a snow-lover and a student who knows not of this “morning rush hour,” I’m ready for the white stuff.

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Clear. Low 31°F (-1°C).

Tomorrow: Sunny. High 44°F (7°C).

Thursday: Chance of showers. High 47°F (8°C).

Friday: Sunny. High 39°F (4°C).