Chilly weather in forecast; snow possible next week

Don’t let Wednesday fool you. It’s not time to pack up those winter coats just yet. Chilly, below-normal temps are about to kick in, with the next warmup a full week away.

Highs just reaching 40 in Boston will escort a mix of sun and clouds throughout the state today, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson. But with wind between 13 and 17 miles per hour, temperatures should feel even cooler. Tonight temperatures will drop into the low 20s in Boston, and into the upper teens outside of the city.

On Friday, temperatures won’t budge much, though mostly sunny skies and a lighter wind will help sweeten things.

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There is a slight chance of precipitation into Saturday evening, with no accumulation likely east of Interstate 495. The western part of the state could see one to two inches of snow, Simpson said.

Conditions for snow are good in the next week, with cold, below-normal temperatures in place, though the March sun angle reduces chances for serious accumulation like that seen in the February blizzard. But don’t rule out the possibility for another storm.

“There is still certainly a possibility for a snow event,” Simpson said. “We’re in an active pattern and next week, with highs in the mid-30s, that cold air is in place.”

The state’s best chance at snow is Tuesday, as yet another winter storm will drop rain and snow, Simpson said. Western Massachusetts is likely to see the most snow.

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