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A white Christmas more likely for many

Posted by David Epstein  December 22, 2012 06:00 PM

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A cold and blustery day across the region is certainly feeling like winter. It appears as though we will look like winter here Christmas morning with a quick shot of snow. A weak storm is going to approach the area Christmas eve and rapidly push offshore Christmas morning. With cold air in place snow will break out across the area after midnight about the time Santa is arriving.christmas snow.png The snow should be ending by noon Christmas day. Right now I am looking at a plowable storm for much of southern New England. Amounts could range from 2 to 6 inches with lesser amounts as you move into southern New Hampshire. Of course, I will update the forecast over the weekend and give more details tomorrow. Suffice to say, it may be a white Christmas after a very mild December thus far. Read more of my forecast updates on Twitter at @growingwisdom and feel free to ask me any questions or give feedback and comments there.

The weekend
Our wind advisory will expire later tonight and set us up for a chilly but nicer Sunday. Since there will be little wind tomorrow it will feel better if you are outside. Temperatures in the afternoon will hit the 40F degree mark across much of the region after a cold night in the 20s.

Christmas Eve
Monday looks sunny with temperatures in the 30s all day. I do expect high clouds to increase towards sunset. The snow will break out from west to east across the area late at night and if you have travel plans for Christmas Eve they will not impacted by weather until after midnight. The map below is one model's interpretation of the snow totals. This model is keeping the snow further north than some of the other models. The smaller map earlier is this blog entry keeps much of the accumulating snow south of the New Hampshire border. I will have a better handle of the totals tomorrow.
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Christmas

The snow will taper off and end during the morning with sunshine returning in the afternoon or towards sunset. With the new snow on the ground it will be very bright so sunglasses might be required while driving. Temperatures will remain cold only in the 30s, but I am not expecting much wind.

Next storm

We have another storm for Wednesday and Thursday with snow and/or rain. The track of this storm is going to be very important for who gets what type of precipitation. Right now, inland areas and areas north of RT 2 have the best chance for a major snowstorm, but this is not at all a sure bet.

Christmas tree care
Speaking of Christmas this is the time to either get your tree or keep the one you have healthy for a few more weeks. Check out the video below on how to care for and select the perfect tree.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this blog or any others. Please follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at GrowingWisdom.com

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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