BOSTON — There are going to be a few flurries for New Year’s Eve, but they won’t amount to much and will fall mostly from about 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. It won’t snow that entire time, but that is the window for when you could see some snow showers. The cold arctic air is close to southern New England this morning, but we are going to have to wait until after our snow event Thursday for the really cold stuff to arrive.
If you are going to be outside for any First Night activities today and tonight, bundle up, but it won’t be frigid. Temperatures in Boston this afternoon reach the mid 20s and will fall to about 19-21 degrees around midnight. After that, winds will pick up a bit so it will start to feel colder the later into 2014 you are still outside.
New Year’s Day is a nice day, with a chilly breeze and temperatures in the 20s. If you are headed to friends or family to celebrate the new year, I am not expecting any weather issues.
A storm will move into the area on Wednesday night and bring snow to the entire region on Thursday. Currently, this is not looking like a blockbuster storm, but it will be snowing for many hours from roughly Thursday morning until the early morning of Friday. The snow will be light and fluffy and be blown around, but there will not be any rain with this system.
Delays will likely occur on Thursday and Friday. Some schools may cancel both days, especially south of Boston where I expect the heaviest snow amounts to fall. It’s still too early to say exactly how much snow will fall where, but north and west of Boston will see the least from this system and Cape Cod and the Islands are likely to see the most amount of snow. Amounts in excess of 6 inches are likely from Boston south and east. However, that number could go up or down as more information becomes available later today and Wednesday.
Logan Airport will also see delays and cancellations, but currently the storm doesn’t look so big as to shut down the airport.
The storm will exit the region early Friday for a very cold day and bitter night Friday night. It’s not often Boston goes below zero, but the official temperature at Logan Airport Saturday morning could very well be zero, or minus 1. Bundle up.
Today: A lot of clouds and a few snow showers toward sunset. Highs in the middle 20s. Winds will be light.
Tonight: Any snow showers will come to an end early, no accumulations. Temperatures will be around 20 by midnight and teens by dawn. Winds become brisk late at night.
New Year’s Day: Partly sunny. Highs 21-28.
Wednesday Night: Becoming cloudy, snow developing by dawn. Lows 11-20, warmest Cape/Islands.
Thursday: Snow of varying intensities. Light to moderate accumulation likely. Highs 17-26- warmest Cape/Island.
Thursday Night: Snow, ending toward dawn. Lows around 3-13. Winds will increase and become gusty.
Friday: Any snow ends over Cape Cod/Island early in the morning, then mostly cloudy and very cold highs 8-15, except near 20 Vineyard/Nantucket.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy and one of the coldest nights, if not the coldest of the winter. Lows -1 to -12. Boston could go below zero.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 15-20.