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Bitter Cold And More Snow Coming Later This Week

By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer
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BOSTON (CBS) – Many towns, including Boston had their biggest snowfall of the season last night.

Who would have thought that 1.4 inches (the city’s official total overnight) in mid-January would turn out to be the season’s greatest snow event up until now?

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Boston’s total for the entire 2011-2012 season now stands at a whopping 2.9 inches, the third least snowy Oct-Jan period on record.

It looks like we may tack on a another inch or two to that modest total before this week is over.

Our weather pattern continues to be fast moving, featuring relatively weak and quick moving storms.

Rarely this winter have we seen the northern and southern jetstreams merge and produce any blockbuster events, something that was quite common last winter.

This pattern will continue for at least the next week or two with no major weather events on our “radar” for now.

The quick pattern will keep us on our toes, however, with several weather changes coming up over the next week.

Here is the breakdown as we see it today:

RAINY & MILD weather moves in this afternoon washing and melting away a good portion of the snow from this morning.  Temperatures will climb well into the 40s in eastern Massachusetts and likely top 50 across southeastern areas.

WINDY & COLDER for Wednesday, high temperatures will occur shortly after midnight and actually drop during the day through the 30s and eventually into the 20s.  A gusty WNW wind will make it feel like the teens by the evening commute.

BITTERLY COLD temperatures on Thursday.  We will stay below freezing all day, stuck in the 20s.  Thankfully, the wind will be light.

Watch Melissa Mack’s forecast:

ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL is likely late Thursday night and early on Friday.  Amounts could be similar to what we received on Tuesday morning, an inch or two on average, and this time it should be cold enough for snowfall in all of Massachusetts even the South Coast, Cape and Islands.

A MORE SIGNIFICANT STORM is possible on Saturday afternoon and night. This one actually will tap some moisture from the Gulf of Mexico but the track is still somewhat uncertain. It will move south of New England but the question remains how far south.  Some weather models deliver just a glancing blow with some light snow or flurries and others bring it farther north which would mean heavier precipitation, but a mix of rain and snow.

THE BIG GAME on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro looks rather pleasant at this time.  Temperatures could reach near 40 degrees for kickoff at 3 p.m. before dropping into the 30s under partly sunny skies.

You can follow Terry on Twitter at @TerryWBZ.

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