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A dramatic taste of winter for today

The top weather story on this Jan. 12 becomes apparent just by looking outside! Heavy snow has moved into southern New England as a strengthening low pressure system plows up the East Coast. The heavier snow squalls should taper off by this evening. In Massachusetts, excluding the Cape, snowfall amounts will average around a foot before the nor’easter exits by tonight. In fact, Boston’s average January snowfall is 12 inches (the forecasted storm total!). Winds will be increasing through today to near 25 mph, creating some areas of blowing snow as well.

Afterwards, the high/low temperatures through this week will fall slightly by each day. A cool air mass creeping in from Canada will become the main weather factor, with partly sunny skies arriving on Thursday. Cloudy periods will be intermittent by the weekend, with only a few snow showers possible. Winds should remain below 25 mph after the storm and into the weekend as well.