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Winter-like conditions return to New England

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Situation for Noon Eastern Time, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

The cold temperatures of the winter season are back in full swing after an unusually warm period late last week. Last Friday evening, the warm weather came to an abrupt end as some surprising thunderstorm squalls raced through the area.

In their wake, strong winds brought in much cooler air from the north and uncomfortable wind chill readings. Thankfully, the winds will be lighter this week. An area of low pressure, which brought heavy snow to the Midwest, will slip just south of us today as high pressure begins to dominate the weather pattern. Under clear skies, sunny days and cold nights are in store through Thursday, with the lowest readings around 15°F (-9°C). The end of the week, however, looks quite interesting. Another storm should be headed our way, with a possible mix of rain and snow by Friday.