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PAX East 2013 - weather for Boston

CabadrinCabadrin Boston, MARegistered User regular
Hello folks,

Since we're only a few days away, I wanted to talk about weather in Boston. Today (3/19/13) we had a snowfall in the area, which dropped about 8 inches on the ground in Boston proper. This could freak some travelers out, so I'm here to calm your fears!
  • Today (3/19/13): There will be a bit of snow, though the high temperatures will cause widespread melting throughout the day.
  • Wed (3/20/13): Partly cloudy and 40 degrees F.
  • Thu (3/21/13): Cloudy and 36 degrees F. (I expect most snow to be gone by Thursday except for large plowed piles)
  • Fri (3/22/13): Mostly cloudy and 40 degrees F.
  • Sat (3/23/13): Partly cloudy and 43 degrees F.

What to wear: Unless a snowstorm comes up this weekend (unlikely), you should bring multiple layers to wear. That's your best bet in Boston weather, especially if you're out at night. Here is what I plan to wear:

- Jeans
- Good walking shoes
- T-shirt
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Jacket (lined shell, not down)

However, if you're not used to the cold, or you'll be wearing a costume with less padding or covering, you may want to bring a warmer jacket. I use a down jacket when the weather is below freezing, but since the weather should be above freezing this weekend, I am just going with my lined shell.

TL;DR: Don't freak out about the snow, all streets and most sidewalks will be plowed by PAX, and you should pack layers for clothes.

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    DolarrahDolarrah New JerseyRegistered User regular
    Don't forget the hoodie.

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    CabadrinCabadrin Boston, MARegistered User regular
    The forecast has changed a bit for Thursday and Friday:


    ThuMar 21 - Scattered Flurries - High of 36°

    Chance of snow:
    30%

    FriMar 22 - Flurries - High of 42°

    Chance of snow:
    30%

    I don;t think that it will amount to much, but it's worth pointing out.

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    JayDfromMAJayDfromMA MARegistered User regular
    I wouldn't worry too much about the flurries. If anything, it make be a chance for some of you who get no snow to enjoy some flurries!

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    CoanCoan TorontoRegistered User regular
    JayDfromMA wrote: »
    I wouldn't worry too much about the flurries. If anything, it make be a chance for some of you who get no snow to enjoy some flurries!
    and give the rest of us in the northeast something grumble about where its technically spring :P

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    Le_GoatLe_Goat Frechified Goat Person BostonRegistered User regular
    edited March 2013
    There is no such thing as spring up here. It's cold, wet, and muddy, then warms up to 60s, then freak cold front followed by a chance for snow but usually ends up being freezing rain, then warms up to 60s, then cold front of rain and 40s, then BAM... summer.

    But adding on to what you can expect: if you were at PAX 2012, do not expect the same conditions. Last year's "winter" didn't really happen, so PAX was graced with unseasonably warm weather. This year is a bit more typical, which means you can expect it to be between mid 20s and low 50s, and always a chance for precipitation, with dew points ranging between 20 & 30 (meaning kind of humid). However, Boston's weather likes to change it's mind without warning, so yeah...

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    While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.
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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Flew in from Pittsburgh this morning. Perfectly clear.

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    GrimRupertGrimRupert Registered User regular
    Basically: make sure you know where coat check is it sounds like.

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    bschorybschory Cambridge, MARegistered User regular
    edited March 2013
    Le_Goat wrote: »
    However, Boston's weather likes to change it's mind without warning, so yeah...

    My desk at work faces out a window. I like to guess what the weather will be before I look up from my monitors and check outside. I am usually wrong. I recall one spring day last year where every other hour it would be pouring, and then be perfectly clear and sunny. It's crazy up here.

    Also, a more general word of advice, since I was reminded of this painfully yesterday: with all the leftover snow from the storm melting and freezing through the week, if it looks like there might ice on the ground where you're about to step, there probably is. Yes, even if it's been warm and sunny all day. Be careful people!

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    Le_GoatLe_Goat Frechified Goat Person BostonRegistered User regular
    edited March 2013
    bschory wrote: »
    Also, a more general word of advice, since I was reminded of this painfully yesterday: with all the leftover snow from the storm melting and freezing through the week, if it looks like there might ice on the ground where you're about to step, there probably is. Yes, even if it's been warm and sunny all day. Be careful people!
    I couldn't agree more. Despite Chicago being known as the Windy City, Boston takes a close 2nd. The wind tearing down the street is sometimes enough to ice a damp spot on the sidewalk. Heed the advice of @bschory: Be mindful of where you step.

    Also, thanks to the slush, don't be fooled into thinking a spot is somewhat solid by snow. Sometimes it turns out to be slush on top of a 6" freezing cold water pool... makes for cold feet and a lot of colorful metaphors.

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    While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.
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    aikoeaikoe Registered User regular
    I think it got up to 27 here today. 42 is like a little slice of heaven.

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    TwoflowerTwoflower Registered User regular
    Latest weather.com report says snow all day and night Thursday. Not a lot, but snow.

    Bostontonians, in your experience, how will this affect the airports? How about the sidewalk from the hotels to the convention center? I'm using a motorized scooter due to my disability, kinda nervous about sliding off into the road or something...

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    Le_GoatLe_Goat Frechified Goat Person BostonRegistered User regular
    The airport will be fine; blizzard conditions are the only things that close Logan.

    As for the sidewalks, it's city law that all businesses and residences are responsible for snow removal on the sidewalks adjacent to their properties. In other words, should someone have an accident because the snow/ice on the sidewalk outside a building isn't taken care of, the owner of the property is held liable. As such, the sidewalks around town are generally in very good condition, so you should be okay.

    While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.
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    CabadrinCabadrin Boston, MARegistered User regular
    Echoing Le_Goat, I've never seen Logan close for less than 8+ inches, and even then it's rare. Looks like the snowfall is going to be less than an inch tonight. Good luck and safe travels to everyone flying and driving in!

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    RappakRappak Registered User regular
    It won't close. It takes a huge emergency to close it. Delays on the other hand...

    Bundle up kids. It's going to be a bit cold and windy this week.

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    Fetch26291Fetch26291 MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    The problem is that with the temps during the day getting into the 40s, but then dropping below 32 at night, stuff that has melted refreezes. So if you see 'wet' think 'ice' and watch where you step.

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    Le_GoatLe_Goat Frechified Goat Person BostonRegistered User regular
    edited March 2013
    Fetch26291 wrote: »
    So if you see 'wet' think 'ice' and watch where you step.
    And when you see "ice" think "Hoth": don't get stuck outside after the main doors close. The local police force isn't too keen on using their mountable animals for warm shelter.

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    While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.
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    AlpineAnticAlpineAntic Registered User regular
    It's snowing in Newton,MA right now. Won't be bad. Enjoy!

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    Le_GoatLe_Goat Frechified Goat Person BostonRegistered User regular
    It's also snowing (more like flaking) in Boston (S. Station specifically) right now. Allegedly it should be like that most of today/tonight. Weekend is up in the air (no pun intended). Monday is supposed to be more snow, but nothing big.

    While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.
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