Fresh cold air will pave the way for a wind-swept snowstorm to threaten Boston at midweek.
High temperatures will be held to the 30s or lower through Thursday.
A storm is forecast to attack the cold air Tuesday night and Wednesday and produce blizzard conditions in parts of eastern New England.
The current projected path of the storm puts the Massachusetts communities southeast of Boston at greatest risk for the fierce blizzard. Areas in Down East Maine and Atlantic Canada will be hit the hardest by the storm.
The threat for severe wind-swept and travel-halting snow would expand to Boston if the storm tracks closer to the New England coast, while a track farther away from the coast would lessen the snowstorm's impacts around Boston.
Even with the current storm track, there can be near-blizzard conditions and treacherous travel for a time in Boston. Snow amounts are forecast to average around 3 inches with the greater amounts to the south and east, while lesser amounts are expected on the opposite side of the city.
There is also concern for coastal flooding during the height of the storm. Fishing and shipping interests should remain in port or avoid nearby offshore waters at midweek.
Blustery winds in the wake of the snow will howl on Wednesday, leading to even lower AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures.
Another surge of seasonable temperatures is in the offing late in the week.
Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed content to this story.
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