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After Boston Gets More Snow, All Easterners to Face Arctic Blast

Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 06:47 AM

With record snow already on the ground, Boston will get two more chances to add to the pile through Saturday. But what people remember most come next week may be the cold.

The two storms will open the door for arctic air to plunge into the Northeast, and winds will chase the low temperatures. Wind chills of minus 20 Fahrenheit (minus 29 Celsius) in Boston and minus 15 in New York are possible, the National Weather Service said.

Central Park may have its lowest temperatures in 21 years Sunday into Monday, said Tim Morrin, an agency meteorologist in Upton, New York.

“It looks as though we will be flirting with zero in the city, and the last time it reached zero was 1994 on Jan. 27,” Morrin said. ‘It has been a long time since we saw those kind of readings.’’

Temperatures are forecast to drop at least 8 degrees below normal as far south as Florida. A finger of even colder air will stab south from Hudson Bay into New York and central New England, said MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The deep cold has a good chance of hanging on in the South through Feb. 20 before receding through Feb. 25, MDA said.

Boston Snowfall

Through Wednesday, Boston had received 78 inches (198 centimeters) of snow this season, with most of that falling since Jan. 27, the weather service said. Winds off the Atlantic have meant almost-constant light snow.

The snow has left the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority reeling with delays and cancellations on its four rapid transit lines and commuter rail operation. The system shut down Tuesday and ran on reduced schedules Wednesday.

The two storms aiming at Boston probably won’t leave New York with much more than a dusting -- maybe a couple of inches at the most.

The first will be a glancing blow on Boston late Thursday, then on Saturday a second system will develop that could bring some “plowable snow,” said Benjamin Sipprell, a weather service meteorologist in Taunton, Massachusetts.

“It’s more significant and a bigger impact than the storm we are dealing with Thursday and Friday,” Sipprell said. The agency isn’t predicting snow totals yet.

How much snow Boston gets will depend on where that second storm goes as it moves up the East Coast, said Jim Hayes, a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center.

While the first storm will intensify too far out into the Atlantic to be a real threat to Boston, it could bury the Canadian Maritimes. Environment Canada has warned that residents of Nova Scotia, including Halifax, and Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland may get significant snow.

But all Easterners can count on the cold. There’s little hope of escaping that part of the forecast.


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