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Briefly looking like winter, but feeling that way all day

While the cold air was rushing in last evening @dendenator from Somerville tweeted me asking me if there would be 1 to 3 inches of snow. I quickly replied, no, you might be lucky if you see a flake. Well, I guess there was an abundance of luck this morning as the ground has become coated with snow in many places. The good news is we didnít see 1 to 3 inches of snow, the bad news is early commuters will have to use winter driving skills one more time.

Cold air has been pouring into the country for the past several days and now has finally made it to the east coast. This morning many areas are just around the freezing mark and readings wonít go up very much this afternoon. With a gusty wind and highs in the lower and middle 40s, itís going to feel like a blustery early March day, not the middle of April.

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Tonight is the coldest night in about 10 days and as temperatures fall under clear skies, the ground is going to start to freeze. Many of you have questions about plants. If you put out any houseplants, get them back inside. If you planted pansies, lettuce, kale, broccoli, peas or other cold weather crops they will be not die. However, if the temperature goes below about 26F, some of the blooms on the pansies can be killed. The plant will be fine, but it can take a few weeks for them to regenerate their flowers. This wonít be a problem east of Route 128, but if you live in a spot that tends to get very cold, you could cover them or bring them inside for the night.

The best material to cover plants is row cover which is designed to protect plants from cold. You can Google ďrow cover for frost protectionĒ and learn more about it if you wish. Plants that have come up on their own, like daffodils, tulips and other flowering trees and shrubs will also be ok. There might be some damage to delicate flowers, but the apple blooms are not yet open in most areas so I am not expecting much if any damage to this yearís potential crop.

Sunshine is back for the rest of the week with the chill to the air continuing through Friday. This will be especially true along the coast where an east wind keeps it feeling very chilly. Areas 20 or more mile from the coast will be influenced far less by the east wind at the end of the week, while areas close to the coast see high temperatures staying under 50F through Friday.

Holiday weekend
The weekend looks like a split. Saturday a weather system will bring clouds and the chance of a few showers. Itís not a washout, but wonít be a brilliant day like last weekend.

Sunday is much better with highs in the upper 50s and an abundance of sunshine. Sunrise is an early 5:55 in Boston on Easter and it should be quite nice.

Monday is still looking dry and sunny. Highs will reach the 60F degree mark around 2 PM, but will be in about 40F in Hopkinton at 7AM, warming to 50F by 10AM and 58 by 12PM.

Iíll be updating the forecast on Twitter @growingwisdom.