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 a high and a low). That’s pretty weak if you ask me about mid-winter in New England.
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 of single-digit lows that dropped to 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 will soon drop sharply, and to make matters worse, the winds will make the chill worse and create tens of sub-zero wind chill.
Temperatures in Boston dropped from 32 degrees on late Thursday afternoon to just 8 on early Friday morning.
Add in the winds, gusts 15-30 mph from the northwest, and you get -10 degrees wind chill at 7am.
There will be little relief on Friday. Winds stay busy all day, gusts up to 30 miles per hour, and high temperatures stuck in teenagers for much 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 to a potential Nor’easter here in southern New England next Monday and Tuesday.
While it is far too early for details or certainties, confidence rises in an extremely disruptive, potentially 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 “).
Marmot day snow storm? 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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