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Bright sunshine will bounce off the freshly fallen snow today making it quite picturesque across the region. Most areas saw 7 to 12 inches of snow in yesterday’s storm with Bristol County, southern Plymouth County and Cape Cod receiving 2 to 6 inches on average. On Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, the storm started as snow but quickly changed to rain.
There was a period of flurries in the early morning hours Thursday, so roads and walkways may have some black ice once again. Take care as you head to work or school this morning and don’t forget your sunglasses. You’ll need them.
It’s cold and dry for several days ahead as high pressure builds into the region. At night, under mainly clear skies and increasing amounts of moonlight, temperatures are going to fall into the single digits and teens statewide. During the day through Saturday all areas, except extreme southeastern Massachusetts, will remain below freezing.
While the sun is certainly getting stronger day by day, the cold is going to last for a while. The atmosphere is in a state where storms can develop. It’s just a matter now of the exact track of these storms.
For Sunday, a storm will develop in the ocean, but most indications are the brunt of the snow stays off the coast. We could see a few periods of snow showers Sunday and early Monday. While a storm is no longer likely, I will continue to be watching for any changes.
Next week, the next storm threat arrives sometime during the middle of the week.
Thursday: Lots of sunshine and light winds. Highs in the mid 20s.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 5 to 10 (low teens on Cape Cod and the Islands).
Friday: Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 20s. A bit breezy in the afternoon.
Friday night: Mostly clear and cold with low windchills. Lows in the 6 to 12 range.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and cold with highs of 25 to 30.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with lows in the teens.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a few snow showers or flurries, especially along the coast. Highs of 26 to 31.
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