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Anomalously Snowy Winter?

Anomalously Snowy Winter?

With both winter and 2009 barely underway, Boston has already accumulated over 25 inches of snow. We are well ahead of a normal winter season’s pace of 9 inches up to this point. Interestingly, the 2007-08 winter season started at a similar pace, with about 28 inches reported by early January. That winter tallied over 50 inches, compared to the 40-inch average.

By the time you read this, another few inches will have already been added to this year’s snow totals. A low-pressure region to our southwest will track over us today, advecting warmer air northward. Snow will quickly change to sleet and rain by the early morning, but temperatures will remain only a few degrees above freezing. This system will depart by Thursday morning and usher in colder air for the foreseeable future. The only other potential weather player will come on Saturday, which may bring a period of light snow to the area.

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Periods of rain, changing to light snow. No snow accumulation. Lows in the upper 20s°F (-2°C).

Tomorrow: A slight chance of snow in the morning. Breezy with highs in the mid 30s°F (2°C).

Tomorrow night: Clearing skies and breezy with lows in the upper teens°F (-7°C).

Friday: Sunny and cold with highs near 25°F (-4°C). Lows around 15°F (-9°C).

Saturday: Light snow possible with highs near 30°F (-1°C). Lows around 20°F (-7°C).