By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer

BOSTON (CBS) – Big changes in the local weather pattern are on the way over the next few days. It truly is classic March weather in New England.

A stiff southwest wind this morning and afternoon is ushering in some mild temperatures, just about all locations will be at least 40-45 degrees. But don’t get used to it, an Arctic cold front is making steady progress from Northern New England and will open the floodgates for some bitterly cold Canadian air to pour in.

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Temperatures will drop 40 degrees in some locations over a 12-hour period. Everyone goes below freezing early this evening and temperatures drop like a rock all night. By dawn on Thursday, readings will be mainly in the single digits with gusty winds making it feel well below zero. That strong March sunshine will be largely ineffective tomorrow, we are only expecting a rebound into the lower 20’s during the afternoon, while some inland locations will stay in the teens!

Watch Melissa Mack’s forecast:

There is a wind advisory in effect through midnight tonight for strong, gusty, shifting winds from the southwest to the northwest. The Arctic front will come through between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and could be accompanied by some scattered rain showers and snow squalls. Much like a summertime cold frontal passage, these showers will be largely driven by instability in the atmosphere and could be quite unpredictable. The absence of much moisture in the air should limit the potential for anything major.

We rebound nicely into the 30’s on Friday and by later this weekend (Sunday) temperatures should spike well into the 50’s. Even 60 degrees is not out of the question!


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