QUINCY – Southern New England missed the worst potential impact of a strong storm Monday, but forecasters are tracking another storm and saying the rest of January will be colder than normal.
The National Weather Service says it's "continuing to monitor a potential coastal storm" for Saturday, but computer models aren't agreeing on the storm's likely track.
"A coastal or ocean storm may affect Southern New England this weekend but any impacts will depend on the storm's track," the Weather Service says in its forecast discussion.
Some snow is possible for the Quincy area Wednesday night, Thursday morning and Saturday afternoon into the evening, the Weather Service says in its forecast discussion.
"While a significant storm is conceivable, a (Southern New England) shutout with more impact to the mid-Atlantic is also among those outcomes," the Weather Service says.
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Here's what's more clear: A "much colder air mass" has moved back into the region, and South Shore residents face some cold days and nights this week.
The temperature in Quincy was 25 degrees Tuesday morning, but felt a lot colder with northwest winds gusting up to 34 mph, according to the Weather Service.
"Wind chills will be in the high single digits and teens today," the Weather Service says.
The temperature should rebound a bit Wednesday and Thursday, with highs of 46 and 36 in Quincy, but it will drop to about 10 degrees overnight Thursday and reach just 22 on Friday and 27 on Saturday.
The region could get rain changing to snow overnight Wednesday into Thursday with the potential for minor accumulations.
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Whether the weekend storm hits or misses, "below-normal temperatures" will continue into early next week, the Weather Service says, and the cold trend might continue through the end of January.
This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Forecasters watch potential weekend storm, more cold temps for RI