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    Cold to prevail this week

    You won’t need a shovel for this one.

    Boston is expected to get about a half inch of snow tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Snow will begin falling late this afternoon and continue through the evening, but it is not likely to stick much in the city, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson.

    Cape Cod and the islands could be hit a little harder, getting about 1 to 3 inches, Simpson said.


    The high in Boston today is expected to be 35 degrees, with temperatures dropping to the mid-teens tonight, according to the weather service.

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    Cold temperatures will prevail all week and another winter storm could hit next weekend, Simpson said.

    Monday will be sunny, with temperatures in the low 20s throughout the day, about 20 degrees colder than the average temperature for this time of year, according to Simpson.

    But after that, Simpson predicts “more clouds than sun” and said Tuesday and Wednesday will be gloomy with temperatures in the mid-20s and chance of light snow on Thursday night.

    Meteorologists are tracking next weekend’s winter system, but it is too early to make many predictions, Simpson said.


    “Hopefully it will stay mostly offshore,” he said.

    Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at