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A warm and dry day will give way to a pipsqueak of a storm

Posted by Metro Desk  February 7, 2011 09:19 AM

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Today’s skies will be mix of sun and clouds with temperatures pushing into the 40s along the Massachusetts coast, a weather system that is setting the stage for a pipsqueak of a storm arriving late tonight and lasting through Tuesday morning’s commute.

The National Weather Service is predicting Boston will see no more than an inch of snow once the system leaves Tuesday morning. Like today, day-time temperatures will be in the moderate range for February, in the mid-30s for the Boston area, the weather service said today

Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts residents will see just rain while areas north and west of Boston will face minimal amounts for this snowy winter season – a maximum of 3 inches, the weather service said today.

Concerns about collapsing roofs continue today around the state. At the Dedham Mall this morning ,the Sears store was evacuated because of concerns, said Wilder Properties manager Mike Flood in a brief telephone conversation. He said the roof has not collapsed, but an investigation is underway to check the structure.

Meanwhile, schools in a handful of communities will be closed today – Methuen and Georgetown for example – where officials are moving to repair damage or prevent damage by hauling tons of snow off school buildings.

Hingham's middle school, which has been closed since Wednesday because of structural concerns, is scheduled to reopen Monday, a public safety dispatcher said this morning.

In Harvard, a roof of a commercial building partially collapsed at about 8 a.m. on Sunday, adding to the unprecedented wave of structural failures that has so far claimed nearly 100 buildings, according to the state.

In Danvers, a gas station was closed on Sunday after a canopy that hangs over the pumps was leaning to one side under the weight of snow. In Avon Saturday night, a partial roof collapse at a warehouse on West Main Street damaged several "collector cars," Avon Fire Chief Robert Spurr said. He said the collapse occurred at about the snow as soon as possible.”

Once the small storm leaves on Tuesday, the next weather pattern will not be so friendly.

The weather service said the system will bring strong winds – in some areas, gusts will reach 40 miles an hour -- and brutally cold temperatures both during daytime and overnight. In parts of Massachusetts, temperatures will be pushed into the single digits.

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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