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Cold winds, sunshine to keep Boston's 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade spirited

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 18, 2018, 1:53:58 AM EDT

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The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston will go on, and so will winter for this year's festivities.

Thousands of people are expected to attend this year's event, despite the region being slammed by three nor'easters in 11 days.

While Old Man Winter will not bring another snowstorm to the region this weekend, the weather will be blustery and cold for participants and bystanders on Sunday.

Temperatures are forecast to rise through the teens and 20s in the morning and into the lower 30s during the afternoon on Sunday. While strong March sunshine will remove some of the chill, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures are forecast to remain in the teens and 20s much of the day. Winds from the west and northwest will average 12-22 mph with a few higher gusts.

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"Considering all the recent storms and the threat of another one next week, Bostonians and New Englanders will have the luck of the Irish with a sunny St. Patrick's Day weekend," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

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This year's parade will be shortened to the established snow route from Broadway Station to Farragut Road to ensure the safety of participants and spectators, according to Boston city officials.

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People walk past rows of snow-covered cars on Marginal Street in Boston, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. The Boston area was hit with it's third nor'easter of the month on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


"Our number one priority will always be to keep our residents safe at all times," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. "The snow route has allowed for a safe and enjoyable celebration in other years when there has been heavy snow before the parade, and I commend the Public Works Department for working diligently to ensure that Broadway will be safe and accessible by Sunday."

Large piles of snow and patches of ice remain on side streets, which would create extra traffic congestion and hazards for pedestrians, the report stated.

As crazy as it may seem, another storm may close in on the region during the middle part of next week. While there is a chance that storm brings both snow and rain, the track, strength and duration of the storm have not yet been established.

However, while that storm may not be as strong as some experienced this winter, it may bring an extended period of moderate onshore winds with coastal flooding, beach erosion and risk of sporadic power outages.

Details will follow in the coming days.

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