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Weekend’s springlike weather to give way to snow, cold

After a fleeting taste of spring this weekend, winter makes a comeback Sunday night and then sticks around at least through next weekend.

This is the last week of meteorological winter, said Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, and the weather is going to live up to that.

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“It’s going to feel more like January than March,” Vallier-Talbot said.

After today’s 52 degree high in Boston, a dusting of snow is expected tonight -- with the potential for more on Wednesday -- and temperatures expected to drop as low as 28 by morning. Temperatures will continue to drop throughout the course of the week, getting as low as 11 degrees Wednesday and Thursday nights.

How much snow will fall Wednesday is still unclear. Two low pressure systems will move into the region and the size of the storm will depend on whether they combine. But whatever comes, the south coast will likely bear the brunt of it.

“There are a lot of different things we have to look at before we can get a better handle on it,” she said.

Most of the snow will fall during the day Wednesday, Vallier-Talbot said, and it could affect the morning commute.

Highs for Boston are expected to dip to the low 30s Monday, and will linger in the upper 20s for the remainder of the week, according to Weather Service reports. The mercury could drop to 18 Monday and Tuesday nights and bottom out at 11 degrees Wednesday and Thursday nights.

“Unfortunately it looks like things are setting up so that we’re going to get back into that cold pattern we had in January,” Vallier-Talbot said.

And winter will continue into the foreseeable future, said Vallier-Talbot, with the possibility of record cold during the first weeks of March.

So when will it be the region next thaw out?

“April? May? June?” joked Vallier-Talbot.

Nicholas Jacques can be reached at
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