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A blustery northern wind pulled in much colder air from Canada on Thursday, and ir will be with us through the weekend. As I've written several times over the past few days, a cold weekend in the final throes of February and early March is very different than what it would feel like in December.
Temperatures this weekend will stay in the 30s during the day and fall to the teens and mid-20s overnight. This means the ground will once again freeze, but I don't expect the frost line to go very deep. This time of the year, even with the temperatures this cold, any sunshine is able to melt the soil in the afternoon.
There's no chance of any precipitation this weekend. Winds will be heaviest today and Saturday, and continue to diminish on Sunday. If you're headed to northern New England, some ski areas did get snow on Thursday and skiing should be quite nice with mid-winter conditions.
There might be a few showers later Monday night or Tuesday, but temperatures will be warm enough that there's no chance of any frozen precipitation here in southern New England.
The longer-range outlook continues to show that any cold that we do see in the first couple weeks of March won't be long-lasting and is followed by milder than average temperatures. In other words, there is a good chance that we will make it through the rest of the winter relatively unscathed.
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Friday: Sunshine and cold. Winds are still noticeable. Highs 35-40.
Friday night: Clearing and chilly. Lows 18-24.
Saturday: Mainly sunny. Chilly. Highs in the 30s.
Sunday: Partial sunshine. Highs 33-39.
Monday: Continued sun, not as cold. Highs around 48.
Tuesday: Showers possible. Highs in the 50s.
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