BOSTON (CBS) – How many days this winter do you think were too unbearable to go outside? A hand full? None? January is almost over and so far we haven’t had any boneless or real arctic air masses.
Last weekend was probably quite cold (30/17 Saturday and 31/16 Sunday), but that was only about 4 degrees below average for the date. And before that there was this route in mid-December with similar temperatures, the coldest being December 16 (30/16 for one high and one low). That’s pretty weak if you ask me in the middle of New England winter.
Last winter was no different. The coldest we’ve had all winter was 12 degrees on February 15th, followed by several days in our 40s and a record high of 64 degrees just over a week later.
To find a REAL cold you need to go back almost two years to January 2019. That month, Boston had 4 days with single-digit lows that hit just 5 degrees on the 21st and 31st.
This is the final example of the type of cold we’ll be feeling for the next few days.
Temperatures are about to drop, and to make matters worse, the winds will make the chill worse and create tens of sub-zero wind chill.
Thursday afternoon to Friday morning:
The wind and the cold arrive. First in western Massachusetts, then in our entire region. Say goodbye to your 30s by Monday.
Temperatures are dropping in Boston:
4 pm: 32 degrees
8 pm: 25 degrees
Midnight: 18 degrees
7 o’clock in the morning. Friday: 8 degrees
Add in the winds blowing 15 to 30 miles per hour from the northwest all night and you get wind chill that looks like this:
4 pm: 20 degrees
8 pm: 13 degrees
Midnight: 0 degrees
Friday, 7 a.m.: -10 degrees
Very little relief on Friday. Winds stay busy all day, gusts up to 30 miles per hour, and high temperatures stuck in teenagers for most of southern New England. The wind chill averages between 0 and 10 ° C during the day. It is the coldest day in this region since January 31, 2019 (18/5).
Rest of the weekend:
Saturday 7 a.m.: Temperatures 5-10 degrees, wind showers -15 to 0
Saturday 1 p.m .: Temperatures 15-20 degrees, wind cools 5 to 10
Saturday 7pm: Temperatures 10-15 degrees, wind cools 0 to 5
Sunday 7 a.m.: Temperatures 0-10 degrees, wind showers -10 to 0
Sunday 1 p.m .: Temperatures 20-25 degrees, winds light
I would be very happy if I didn’t mention the elephant in the weather room before I close this blog.
The models pretty consistently pointed out a potential Nor’easter here in southern New England next Monday and Tuesday.
While it is far too early for details or certainties, confidence increases in an extremely disruptive, possibly severe winter storm. Obviously a situation where you should stay tuned over the weekend, but if there are recent ads somewhere in the stadium this could be a storm that could rival the December Nor’easter for snow totals in parts of our region (think at 6 inches plus simple, maybe 12 “).
Groundhog Day Snowstorm? Maybe! In any case, I think this weekend and next week should be a reminder that this winter is far from over.
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