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Snow and freezing temperatures on the horizon

Drop everything and go outside while you still can.

Skies over Boston are sunny, with temperatures nearing the record high of 60, set in 1951, said Charlie Foley, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Taunton.

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“I think we’ll approach it, I’m not quite confident we’ll break that,” Foley said.

But plunging temperatures and snow, more typical January fare, are on the horizon.

Patriots fans in Foxborough for the AFC Championship game will face temperatures in the low 40s at kickoff and the mid-30s by the forth quarter. It will get even colder after midnight, with lows in the 20s, Foley said.

“We’ve had above-average temperatures thus far, and now we’re looking at a regime of below-average temperatures,” Foley said.

Monday is expected to remain cold, with highs in the upper 20s.

“Robust winds will kind of add a bite to that,” Foley said.

And then, snow.

Foley said 2 to 4 inches of snow will fall on the Boston area Monday night into Tuesday morning, as commuters prepare to return to work after the three-day weekend. Cape Cod residents could see 6 to 8 inches of snow, he said.

“There’s some divergence in the different modeling right now, but it looks like we could get significant, plowable snow Monday night into Tuesday,” he said.

Those with long driveways and wide sidewalks can take solace in cold temperatures, expected to be in the mid-20s, which will spare Boston a wet, heavy snowfall.

“The snow that will fall will be very light so it has a tenancy to fluff up, if you will,” Foley said.

Temperatures will remain in the 20s during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday, then drop into the single digits after sunset. The National Weather Service called for lows of 6 degrees on Tuesday night and 5 on Wednesday.

“We could actually see the coldest temperatures we’ve had in about two years,” Foley said.

Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at

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