Sunny, cold Sunday ahead, with a little light snow early in the week

Puddles lined a road in Somerville Saturday — before temperatures rapidly dropped, raising fears of black ice.
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Puddles lined a road in Somerville Saturday — before temperatures rapidly dropped, raising fears of black ice.

The region’s brief taste of spring began to disappear Saturday morning, thanks to a cold front that moved through the region and brought winter back with it.

Saturday’s temperatures in Boston plummeted from a high of 61 degrees early in the morning to 33 degrees by the afternoon.

And Sunday is expected to be sunny but with a high of just 25, said Lenore Correia, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s office in Taunton. Sunday night will be colder yet, with a low near 10 and a windchill of about zero.


Monday brings a chance of snow showers after 4 a.m. as the cold continues into Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which will be mostly cloudy with a high again near 25.

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Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be in the 30s, with chances for light snow both days. Thursday will be sunny, and temperatures are expected to drop to 29 degrees during the day and to 21 in the evening.

Temperatures will start climbing again Friday, with a high of 36, followed by a high of 44 on Saturday.

During the weekend thaw, the snow pack from earlier in the week melted and washed away, prompting weather service flood warnings across the region.

On Saturday, there were no reports of serious flooding, except for brief road closures for the Longfellow Bridge, Exit 39 ramp off I-495 south to Route 133, along with the north and south lanes of Route 128, near exits 29 A and B in Lexington, said Patrick Marvin, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.


The flooding, combined with forecasts of freezing temperatures, led MassDOT to warn of challenging driving conditions Saturday as melting snow became ice.

But those sunny skies Saturday might have rescued drivers from commuting in icy conditions on the roads.

“I think what saved us is the sun was out and dried the roads before the temperatures dropped,” Correia said.

Saturday also brought strong winds, with average speeds of about 19 miles per hour, according to the weather service.

In Methuen, the winds pulled the roof off of a Pleasant Street house that had been damaged by fire several months ago, according to a tweet posted by the city’s police chief, Joseph E. Solomon.


In the video, Solomon said the metal roof was pulled off the house and rested on the branches of a tree close to a neighboring home.

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