A Classic February Week Ahead: Cold, Snow and Gray Skies

Gray skies, cold and snow. That’s the forecast for the U.S. Northeast during the next week.

Boston may get 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) Thursday through Friday while New York receives less than an inch, according to the National Weather Service. And more is on the way.

“Basically, it is going to be cold with periods of snow for the next seven to 10 days,” said Gary Best, a meteorologist with Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Boston is coming off its snowiest week on record, according to the weather service. From Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 40.5 inches fell at the city’s Logan International Airport from two storms that also dumped snow by the foot across large parts of New England.

New York, which was brushed by both systems, will most likely be at the edge of Thursday’s storm as well, said Brett Anderson, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.

Anderson and Best are forecasting 1 to 3 inches for Boston, just below the weather service prediction.

Temperatures are forecast to fall Thursday to a low of minus 3 Fahrenheit (minus 19 Celsius) in Boston and to 6 degrees in New York’s Central Park, the weather service said.

“For New York and New England, there are no real big warm-ups,” Anderson said. “It’s kind of a classic February week, cold and kind of unsettled.”

Following this storm is another that computer models predicted had the potential to bring heavy snow at least to New England next week, Anderson said. However, it doesn’t look as likely now.

“The second one looked worse a couple days ago in terms of the computer modeling,” Anderson said.

Best said that system still needs to be watched. It could strengthen at sea and clip southern New England.

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