South Florida more than 10 degrees below normal, cold front tonight

An impressive winter storm is spinning off the mid-Atlantic coast, threatening snow in the northeast.

But South Florida will remain sunny and cool this week with temperatures this morning not even beating the season’s record low.

According to observations from the National Weather Service, the low temperature so far this morning in West Palm Beach was just 44 degrees. While that’s 13 degrees below the normal low for this time of year, it doesn’t beat the 40 degrees that hit January 24.

The record overnight low for Feb. 7 was 38 degrees in 1965.

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Winter cyclone off the coast while trough dips through the U.S.

Another cold front is expected to push through the peninsula tonight as a deep trough over the center of the country allows frigid air to flow freely into South Florida.

“The result will be temperatures averaging 10 to 15 degrees below normal,” note forecasters in Miami. “First cold front will move through late tonight, reinforcing cool dry air, and leaving gusty northwest winds in its wake.”

The good news is, the moisture has been mostly sucked out of the atmosphere leaving just a 20 percent chance of rain through the week. Dew points this morning are in the 30s.

There is also a high risk of rip currents in Palm Beach County through Tuesday as a swell builds in. West winds made for some fun waves Sunday.

In the northeast, southeastern Massachusetts is expected to get 6 to 12 inches of snow from the storm swirling off the east coast. AccuWeather meteorologists expect areas from Providence, Rhode Island to Boston and Bangor, Maine to receive enough snow to shovel and plow.

“While the storm on Monday will be fairly compact and heavy in nature, snowfall during Tuesday into Wednesday will be more widespread with a light-to-moderate accumulation in the Northeast,” AccuWeather notes. “The second storm will move in from the Midwest later on Monday into Tuesday.”

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