Forecast: Cold Start To Work Week, But Becoming Much Milder

After what will end up being the coldest weekend of the entire year and that will likely include December of 2016, temperatures are about to take a dramatic return to the mild side.  A storm will pass to our west tonight and Tuesday and this track brings milder air to the region.

Today is a cold start, many areas start below zero again, but not much wind. Yesterday the average temperature in Boston was only 2 degrees.  This is also one of the colder averages on record.  It will become milder this afternoon, with highs reaching the 20s along with an increase in cloud cover. Any precipitation is going to hold off until the overnight hours after the evening commute so I am not concerned about the drive home.

Snow fills in the area for a few hours before midnight, but warmer air changes it all to rain by morning.  The Tuesday morning commute will be wet, but I don’t expect any winter weather issues and traffic is lighter this week since most schools are closed.  There is a winter weather advisory west of Boston this evening, take it slow once the snow/mix begins.

There will be scattered showers through Tuesday evening along with a heavier downpour. Then it clears for Wednesday with seasonable temperatures. It will continue typical for the second half of February for a few days before it turns milder towards the weekend.

While we have just seen record cold, I don’t see any significant snow in sight for the next week and this will make traveling easier.

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Washington's Birthday: Cold start then becoming less cold as clouds increase.  Highs 22-28

Tonight: A period of snow, then changing to rain

Tuesday: Mild with a period of showers.  Highs in the lower to middle 50s

Wednesday: Partly sunny and mild, highs in the mid 40s.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 38.

This article was originally published on February 15, 2016.

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