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Glimpses of springtime

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Situation for Noon Eastern Time, Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Perhaps Punxsutawney Phil was right on Groundhog Day when he predicted an early end to winter this year. Since Feb. 2, there has been no accumulating snowfall in Boston, and about 10 inches of existing snow cover has melted away. Additionally, this week will feature some of the highest temperatures of the year so far. Yesterday’s high temperature of 56°F was our highest recorded temperature since Jan. 1, and temperatures could reach the 50s once again by the end of the week.

However, winter’s grasp has not been entirely loosened: a strong cold front that passed through overnight will bring cold air to the area today, restricting temperatures to the mid-20s. But starting tomorrow, warm air will once again be directed over our area, bringing milder temperatures through the end of the week, when a clipper system will bring the possibility of showers, along with another drop in temperatures.