Forecast: Winter Cold Snaps Back For Next Couple Days

Tuesday's mild temperatures will be the last of the really nice days we'll see for a while.

The second half of March, April and even May can be frustrating for New Englanders. The cold north Atlantic along with Canadian air can often squelch hopes of an early spring. Many years see parts of the area with temperatures in the 40s, while much of the rest of the nation is in the 70s, prepare yourselves for this and be pleasantly surprised if we get a stretch of warmth.

An arctic front passed through early this morning and behind it very cold air arrives. If this was January it would be cold, but in March this is really cold stuff — not record-breaking cold, but not that far away. The air will also be very dry meaning more chapped lips, dry hands, etc.

Winds will be a factor today. And while it won't be as windy as some of the other high wind days we've seen this month, the wind is strong enough to have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory.

Winds will gust over 40 miles per hour at times today. (C
Winds will gust over 40 miles per hour at times today. (Courtesy NOAA)

Tonight will be very cold with temperatures in the lower teens to single numbers. The gusty breeze will subside a bit during the night, but wind chills will fall to subzero levels at times.

Thursday is cold and dry with sunshine and less wind. Temperatures still average way below typical late-March levels.

A moderating trend brings about a few showers of snow and/or rain on Friday, but nothing significant.

Weather generated by the boundary between chilly air to the north and mild air south will bring lots of clouds and the risk of precipitation this weekend. As colder air works back in Sunday night, this wetness may come in the form of snow or mixed precipitation. More on this Thursday.

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Wednesday: Mainly sunny and cold. Temperatures remaining in the lower 30s then falling during in the day. Blustery.

Wednesday Night: Clear and chilly. Lows 8-14, wind chill around or below zero.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and chilly. Highs around 35.

Friday: Partly sunny and milder some rain or snow showers. Highs around 45.

Saturday: Clouds and some breaks. Highs near 50. Chance of a late-day shower.

Sunday: Cloudy with some light rain or mixed precipitation possible.  Highs 35-40.

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