While the jury is still out on whether or not a snowstorm will unfold around Boston next Thursday, much colder air is on the way.
First, chilly air with rounds of gusty winds will impact the area this weekend.
Next, the cold will ease on Monday.
However, much colder air is forecast to spread into Boston and along much of the Atlantic Seaboard during the middle of next week.
The pattern will yield the lowest temperatures of the season so far and perhaps a major storm with wind, rain and snow.
High temperatures are likely to be no better than the 40s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week and could be held to the 30s on one or more days.
The details on the storm or a near-miss will continue to be added into next week, but if you have been putting off tuning up the furnace or getting fuel for it, now might be the time.
Sunday's NASCAR race in Bristol, Tenn., may turn into a washout following a dry start to the weekend.
Colder air will slowly filter across the Cleveland area this weekend following a mild end to the week.
Colder air will slowly filter across the Detroit area this weekend following a mild end to the week.
The temperature roller-coaster ride will continue through St. Patrick's Day for the Boston area.
Those celebrating St. Patrick's Day through the weekend will be dodging showers.
The Pennsylvania capital will be seeing a roller-coaster ride of temperatures through the weekend.
Eastern States/ Central States (1843)
Great snowstorm swept from Gulf of Mexico to Maine: Snowfall amounts: Location: Inches: Little Rock, AR 8.0 Memphis, TN & Washington, DC 10.0 Baltimore, MD 12.0 Philadelphia, PA with drifts of 4-5' 12.0 New York City, NY 12.0 Snow, then rain in Boston 4.0-6.0
New York State (1870)
Heavy snowstorm blocked 24 trains between Springfield and Albany.
1/2" of ice coated roads in the southwest part of the state; as much s 6" of ice covered elevated surfaces, such as tree branches, wires, and radio towers. Power was out in some towns for 6 days.