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Afternoon snow showers won't amount to much

Posted by David Epstein  December 26, 2013 12:40 PM

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I hope you had a nice Christmas and got a chance to relax, spend time with family or do whatever makes the day off special.

Let me start the forecast by talking about the weekend. Temperatures Saturday and Sunday are going to break into the 40s and with clouds and sunshine, this is going to be a nice weekend to be outside. Some rain could enter the picture over southeastern Massachusetts late Sunday, otherwise it will be dry until then.

Across ski country, there is plenty of snow and while it will be colder in the mountains, temperatures won't require you to bundle up excessively. All in all, the final weekend of 2013, will go down in the books as about as nice as one could hope for in December.

With that part of the forecast out of the way, let's talk about some snow today. First, it's a work day for many, but schools are out and traffic will be lighter than usual. However, traffic around shopping areas will be quite heavy and any snow can make things a bit trickier.

The good news is I am expecting a coating to perhaps an inch of snow with higher amounts of 3 or 4 inches, across northern New England. It's going to eventually be above freezing late in the day, but the snow will still swirl around the parking lots and roads.

In interior southern New England the ground could become coated and those higher elevation areas have the greatest chance of seeing up to an inch of snow.

Across Cape Cod and the Islands it will be warm enough so the snow will fall as rain.
This mini weather system quickly exits the region this evening and returns to us the sunshine for Friday. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s on Friday with some additional melting of the ice and snow left on the ground from last week.

You know about the weekend forecast , so let's jump ahead to next week. Monday and Tuesday . The final two days of the year look cold and dry, with New Year's Eve seeing temperatures falling through the 20s in to the teens by midnight. In other words, it's going to be a cold First Night and one which you will need to bundle up the kids if you are going to be walking outside enjoying some of the great festivities many cities and towns have.

The models show the only potential storm in the next 10 days to happen around the 3rd. However this far off, while there will be something that likely develops, we just can't say how it will or if it will impact the area. Often the models see the idea of storm, but the potential track is so wide, it could be rain, snow or go out to sea. It's something for me to keep watching over the next week and by continuing to see how the models handle the potential evolution of any storm, I can gain a better handle on the eventual forecast if it does hit the somewhere in New England.

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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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