By Todd Gutner WBZ-TV

On a day where the National Weather Service released a statement saying that last year was the warmest on record…for the next 24 hours, we will experience the coldest air in about one full year.  As Alanis Morissette would say, “Isn’t it ironic”.  But it is January after all and cold outbreaks happen.

Tonight’s lows will dip down below zero for much of Northern New England and even a few towns north and west of Boston.  Most in Southern New England will see the single digits by morning while Boston and other coastal towns drop back to around 10 degrees above zero.  We will have the benefit of ample sun tomorrow but it won’t help us much as temps struggle into the lower 20s by afternoon.

The core of the cold will retreat north of us Friday and through the weekend but we will still be on the periphery of it…inheriting slightly less cold air in the 30-35 degree range with a few passing snow showers or flurries.  All and all, a quiet and cold weekend.

Next week, we are still eyeing a thaw…it looks like it will be delayed a couple of days but as the polar vortex and it’s associated cold pivots back to the Arctic Circle, warmer air will be able to work up the East Coast and 40s if not 50 degrees should return for a few days later in the week.


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