Forecasters call for a chilly weekend

New Englanders should break out the winter coats this weekend. Chilly days are expected with temperatures dropping near freezing for the next several nights, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s going to be sunny, but it’s also going to be breezy so that’s going to make it feel brisk,” said weather service meteorologist Charlie Foley.

Saturday and Sunday will be partly sunny with temperatures near 50 during the day, Foley said.

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Saturday night will be mostly cloudy and temperatures will dip as low as 37. Sunday night will be partly cloudy and will get as cold as 33, the weather service said.

“It’ll be right around freezing,” Foley said in a telephone interview from the weather service offices in Taunton.

Bay Staters will wake up Monday to lots of sun and temperatures in the mid-40s, but Monday night will be a chilly 30 degrees.

The frigid air is the result of a high pressure system over Canada being pulled into the region by northwest winds, Foley said.

People in Massachusetts may even see some snow next week, he said.

“There’s a storm organizing off the Georgia coast and it’ll move up to southern New England to get here late Tuesday into Wednesday,” Foley said. “That would be the first snow this season.”

The system will drop precipitation on the region Wednesday into Thursday, he said.

“For most of the coast, it’s going to mean rain,” he said. “But in places with higher elevation, like the Worcester hills or southern New Hampshire, there is the possibility of some wet snow.”

It’s too early to tell what effects the storm will have on the state, but Foley made it clear that it will be “nothing like Sandy.”

“There will be some brisk winds, but not damaging winds,” he said.

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