Winter weather forecast in Boston, MA 2021

Winter is coming to Boston | Photo via @pocketboston

Hey, Bostonians — with the temps continuing to drop we all know winter is coming, weather you like it or not. We couldn’t resist peeping at some of the major weather trends headed our way. Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect for Dec., Jan., + Feb

While exact weather conditions like snowfall typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, accurate seasonal outlooks can help us prepare for what winter will bring. Here’s what’s coming in our city: 

🌡️ Temperature

You may not need that extra layer. This winter, there is a 40-60% chance of higher than normal temperatures in Boston.

🌨️ Precipitation

Keep the umbrellas + snow shovels handy. Boston’s snow and rainfall this winter is leaning towards average precipitation.

This month: December

Beantown’s average low-temperature in December is 29.7°, but we might see more days closer to the average high-temperature — 39.9° — because of the anticipated temp riseDid you know? December is one of the top three wettest months in our city + the month with the least amount of sunshine, averaging about 4.7 hours per day. 

By the month: January

Boston’s lows in January will dip down to 34.2° on average — and could plummet as low as 22.6°F. January tends to be Boston’s coldest month + usually sees the most snowfall with an average of ​​2.76 inches of snow. Predictions say we’ll see about that much snow or less. Bonus: here are the NOAA’s winter safety tips. ❄️ 

By the month: February

Historically, February gets the most snowfall in our city with an average accumulation of 4.72 inches. The lows stay around 23.5° with an average high-temperature of 36.5°, so expect the temperature to be closer to those highs. It usually rains for an average of 8.2 days in February, so fingers crossed, we might see a little less this winter.