The blustery conditions that brought subzero windchills to the area early Saturday are expected to continue through the week, accompanied by a Tuesday snowstorm that could drop more than a foot of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton.
Strong winds buffeted the region from late morning through late afternoon Saturday, with gusts as high as 53 miles per hour in Boston and 56 miles per hour in Fall River, the highest local reading.
A wind advisory was in effect for Rhode Island, most of Massachusetts, and northern Connecticut until 8 p.m. Saturday.
The weather service received multiple reports of trees or large branches downed by the winds, starting about 9:30 a.m. in North Andover and continuing until 6:30 p.m. in Cambridge, said Bob Thompson, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The bitter cold was expected to bring a low temperature of 8 degrees in Boston overnight, and 5 degrees in the suburbs, with windchills as low as 10 below zero late Saturday and into the predawn hours Sunday.
“Even during the afternoon tomorrow, we’ll still have a windchill running maybe about 10 above,” Thompson said.
The weather service issued a windchill advisory for the slopes of the Berkshires and the northern Worcester County hills.
No records were set in Boston, as temperatures reached a high of 23 degrees just after midnight. That’s just 1 degree over the record lowest high temperature recorded for March 11, which was 22 degrees set in 1874, according to the weather service.
Worcester, Providence, and Hartford set new minimum high temperature records of 16, 23, and 22 degrees, respectively, breaking longstanding records, Thompson said.
That trend is expected to continue Sunday, with the high temperature in Boston forecast at 24 degrees, which would break the record low maximum temperature record of 25 degrees, according to the weather service. A low temperature of 9 degrees is expected at 6 a.m. Sunday, kicking the morning off to a chilly start after the clocks move forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time.
While slightly warmer temperatures in the high 20s are expected to return Monday, meteorologists predict a significant winter storm could hit the region Tuesday into Wednesday, bringing heavy snow, coastal flooding, and strong winds.
“It looks like probably all southern New England will get a lot of snow, but there’s going to be some variability,” Thompson said.
The extent of the storm, and where it might have the greatest impact, is not yet clear, but the weather service said it could bring between 12 and 18 inches of snow. Snowfall could begin early Tuesday morning and last through Wednesday.
The weather service issued a blizzard watch for Suffolk and Plymouth counties, eastern Norfolk county, southern Bristol County, southern Rhode Island, and southern Connecticut, Thompson said. Cape Cod and the islands could also see blizzard conditions, he added.
“The wind itself could be strong enough, especially on the Cape and islands, to cause some damage and power outages on Tuesday and Tuesday night,” he said. “We are also watching the coastline for a potential of coastal flooding.”
Temperatures later in the week are predicted to be colder than usual for this time of year, with highs on Wednesday and Thursday forecast in the low 30s.Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox. Amanda Hoover can be reached email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @amahoover.