Time to bundle up: Wicked cold weather and icy conditions have arrived

Wednesday will be sunny, but with wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour, it will feel cold.
Wednesday will be sunny, but with wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour, it will feel cold.(Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)

Walk outside, and it will feel close to freezing. And it’s going to be like that for the next two days, as sleet, snow, and tough winds are forecast across the state.

Boston hit a high of 42 degrees just after midnight Wednesday. And the thermometer plunged throughout the day and evening. At 9:35 p.m., the temperature was 27 degrees and due to plunge overnight, said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Norton.

Thursday will be partly cloudy and cold, with highs in the mid-30s, and forecasters said a wintry mix in the evening could make for slippery roads during the evening commute.


Temperatures in the city are expected to reach lows in the 20s, and in the suburbs, they are expected to get “down to the mid-teens,” Dunham said.

A storm is expected to bring a wintry mix of rain, snow, and ice to the region.

Precipitation is expected in the late afternoon or early evening. “It’ll start as snow and then mix with sleet and then freezing rain, and by midnight, it will be a rain and sleet mixture,” Dunham said.

A total of 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet are expected, he said.

Forecasters warned that the snow could stick immediately to roads and affect your Thursday evening commute. So be careful out there.

“With the deep cold air in place, we expect an initial period of snow or snow and sleet starting around sunset in most places, but probably rain along the south coast and islands,” forecasters said.

Despite all the precipitation, Dunham said “most of tomorrow is going to be dry for Boston.”

On Friday, though, it’s supposed to rain in the city, and highs should reach the mid-40s, with lows staying in the mid-30s.

The weather service has issued a wind advisory for the Cape and Islands from 1 to 10 a.m. on Friday, with gusts expected to reach 50 miles per hour.


In Boston, winds are expected to reach similar speeds Friday afternoon.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney. John R. Ellement of the Globe staff and Globe correspondent Andres Picon contributed to this report.