BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re looking for time outdoors this week, Sunday is definitely the day. After the stubborn fog clears, sunshine breaks out and the highs climb into the upper 50s and lower 60s. Not too shabby for mid-December.
Enjoy the warmth now, because next Monday these temperatures will be a distant memory. The highs on Monday will be reached in the mid to late 30s.
A coastal storm is moving south of New England, with the heaviest precipitation falling at sea. Nevertheless, light snow showers and rain are possible in the afternoon and evening. The total accumulation of snow should be less than 5 cm.
A larger, more significant storm is coming late Wednesday and through Thursday.
While the last storm had some questions about the extent of the cold before and during the storm, this won’t be a problem with this one. The cold air comes straight from Hudson Bay with a slight stop north of the Arctic Circle.
It’s too early to talk about buildup, but plowable snow is likely at this point, especially for the Mass Pike and the south. The northern extent of the heaviest snow remains a question mark.
As is typical in Nor’eastern, strong winds up to 60 miles per hour accompany the snow. The association of onshore wind with astronomical floods and coastal flooding is also becoming a major problem.
Boston has 4.6 inches of snow for the season, slightly above the previous season average. It is likely that the seasonal total will grow through Thursday.
Of course, that forecast will be fine-tuned as we near the arrival of the storm. So stay with the CBS Boston weather team for the latest forecast.
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