Currently in Boston — January 30th, 2023

The weather, currently.

Colder weather on the way.

I've been touting the fact that the first week of February would average below normal and indeed, it's almost a lock that that's going to happen. After one more mild day, Monday will have a blend of clouds and sun and a couple of showers. It will turn colder. Temperatures Monday will be in the 40s and then fall back just under freezing during the night. On Tuesday, highs will only reach near freezing and remain just under freezing on Wednesday. It turns even colder Friday night with temperatures falling below 0°F across much of the region. There are some indications we could see readings 5 to 15 degrees below 0°F, and wind chills 30 to 40 degrees below when you get up on Saturday morning. It will moderate by Sunday.

Dave Epstein

What you need to know, currently.

New York, Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia’s snowless streak continues, as much of the mid-Atlantic faces a historic “snow drought.”

New York and other major cities along the I-95 corridor are experiencing one of their least snowy seasons in the last five decades. The region has been warmer than usual, due to La Niña, which is now going on its third consecutive year.

Despite a few snow flurries on Wednesday, New York’s Central park hasn’t had a measurable snowfall, which starts at a tenth of an inch. This means that the city, which averages just about 30 inches of snow each winter, is on track to beat its record of the latest first snowfall, which is set at Jan. 29. Similarly, Philadelphia is one week away from tying its February 3 all-time record

Due to human-induced climate change and urbanization, the first recorded measurable snowfall of the season has been happening further back each winter. Without snow gathering on the ground, areas that usually get adequate snowfall throughout winter are left without a snowpack or a layer of snow that typically provides fresh water to the ground and rivers as it melts in the spring and summer.

As of today, the snow deficit across the region is set to continue.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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