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Sunny and cold today, but Northeast dodges a snowstorm

We may have a cold week ahead, but forecasters say it could have been much worse.

“There’s a big storm right now that just missed us,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson. “It went about four miles south of Nantucket and dropped about 7 inches of snow in D.C.”

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Today will be partly sunny and cold. High temperatures will reach 29 degrees, more than 15 degrees below average. Skies will remain clear overnight as temperatures drop into the mid-teens.

Tuesday should be similar, with sunny skies and high temperatures near 33 degrees. The evening will stay cloudless as low temperatures drop into the mid-20s.

A slight warmup will occur Wednesday as high temperatures climb to 43 degrees. Mostly sunny skies will give way to clouds in the afternoon and low temperatures will fall to 35 degrees. Some rain showers could start falling overnight, and continue until Thursday morning.

“We’ll probably get some rain, but not really heavy,” Simpson said.

Spring begins Thursday — and it will feel like it.

Showers should peter out by 8 a.m. Thursday before transitioning into partly sunny skies. High temperatures will reach an above-normal 52 degrees. Some clouds will appear in the evening as temperatures drop to 33 degrees.

Similar conditions will appear Friday, with mostly sunny skies and highs near 46 degrees. Partly cloudy skies will arrive in the evening and lows will be in the lower 30s. Some snow showers could arrive overnight, though forecasters are still uncertain of where and how heavy they’ll be.

“There is a chance of snow, but it’s still five days away,” Simpson said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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