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Forecast: Today Reaches Near-Record Cold Temperatures, Snow Possible Early Next Week

BOSTON — The final day of February will be a very cold one, with highs only reaching the lower 20s. This is just a few degrees warmer than the coldest Feb. 28 on record, which was set way back in 1875, making this one of the coldest closes to February on record.

Sunshine will be abundant all day with hardly a cloud to be found in the sky. Clear skies will continue through the night, and if you have Friday night plans the only weather concern will be the cold as the evening will remain dry.

Sunshine continues through Saturday. However, there will be a few more clouds forming in the afternoon. Temperatures will rebound somewhat on a southerly wind as highs break the freezing mark.

This flow of mild air will bring even more clouds on Sunday, along with the chance of a few snow showers or a period of light snow, especially in the afternoon. Presently, this doesn’t look to be enough snow to create major travel issues.

There is a still a strong likelihood of snow on Monday. The snow amounts, start and stop times are not well known yet, however, I expect both the morning and evening commutes to be impacted by the snow. It appears the greatest accumulation of snow will be south of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Cold weather returns for the middle of next week as another round of arctic air flows south from Canada.

Friday: Sunny and cold, with highs only in the lower 20s. Wind chill values below zero, especially in the morning hours.

Friday night: Mostly clear and unseasonably cold. Lows 4-11 degrees.

Saturday: Partly sunny with highs between 29-34 degrees.

Sunday: More clouds than sunshine with a few afternoon snow showers or some light snow. Highs in the lower and middle 30s.

Monday: Snow likely, especially during the morning. Highs in the 20s.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and continued unseasonably cold temperatures with highs between 22-27 degrees.

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