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Cold wave sweeps over the southeast

Don’t get too excited after the wonderful (or terrible, depending on who you ask) snowfall of last weekend. While there is some snow coming for Cambridge on Friday, it is unlikely to accumulate past one inch. The weather this weekend will be crisp but sunny – perfect for a walk outside to clear the winter blues. Just make sure you bundle up, and maybe keep your mask up to protect your cheeks from the biting cold.

Meanwhile, the southeastern United States will be getting all the fun. As the midwestern cold air mass sweeps down over the region from Oklahoma to Tennessee, cities such as Memphis and Little Rock will be seeing some rare accumulation of snow on Sunday and Monday. The cold weather might reach as far as northern Georgia, with a high likelihood of freezing rain, hail, and even snow. As the cold wave proceeds towards the northeast, upstate New York will see snowfall, while Massachusetts will only feel its effects as a mix of snow and rain as temperatures climb above freezing on Monday. So, if you have relatives in Paducah, Kentucky, this weekend is the perfect time to FaceTime them and be jealous of their three inches of snow — or goad, depending on how you feel about these things. Cambridge won’t be seeing good snow for a while yet.

Extended forecast:
Thursday: Partly sunny. Chilly, with a high around 42ºF (5ºC) and light 5-7 mph southwest winds.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 33ºF (0ºC). Light north wind around 6 mph, with a chance of precipitation late at night.
Friday: Likely rain turning to snow by the afternoon, with up to an inch of accumulation. High around 38ºF (3ºC) and low around 5ºF (-15ºC), with strong north winds around 10-17 mph. 
Saturday: Sunny, with a high around 15ºF (-9ºC) and a low around 5ºF (-15ºC) and intense wind around 14-22 mph, gusts up to 33 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high around 29ºF (-2ºC) and low around 23ºF (-5ºC), with variable light winds around 6 mph. Likely snow late at night, with increased wind.