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Colder weather returns with some ice north

Posted by David Epstein  December 22, 2013 04:40 PM

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Were you on the cold side or warm side the front this morning? If you aren't sure what I mean, check out temperatures from earlier today when much of the area west and south of Boston was sitting close to 60F.
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If you are following me on Twitter @growingwisdom, you know I give updates frequently throughout the day there.

Fast forward a few hours and look how far south and west the cold has pushed. This trend will continue overnight and by morning northern areas of the state will be around or just under 32F.
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The frontal boundary dividing spring from winter has been wreaking havoc across the nation all weekend. The issues include tornadoes, heavy snow, flooding rains and an ice event in Ontario, Canada that turned many neighborhoods black and cold as the power went out.

Overnight areas of rain and fog will move along the front creating wet roads and where the fog is dense, making travel difficult.rain advisory.jpg Those areas which remain in the warm air will see the greatest chance of thick fog overnight.

I expect it to be raining in many areas tomorrow morning for several hours. The rain could come down quite hard and melt much of the remaining snow. Across the northern border towns of Middlesex, and Essex Counties some freezing rain could result creating a very hazardous situation on the roads.
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The rain will continue through the first half of Monday, but taper off by the evening commute. There will once again be a wide range of temperature from north to south, but the 60F degree readings of this morning will not be repeated.

Clearing takes place overnight Monday leaving us a pair of dry, blustery and cold days for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Temperatures will remain in the 20s on Christmas after just nudging the freezing mark the day before

If you are headed to midnight mass Christmas Eve, be sure to bundle up as it will be quite cold. Looking further out in the future it will become a bit milder Thursday before another blast of cold air moves in for the end of the week.

While I don't see any extreme cold, we will be at or slightly below normal on average through the end of the year. It’s early for a "First Night" forecast, but a first glance shows a cold dry night with no significant storms the day before or the day after.
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In closing, if this morning's crazy temperatures didn't show you how difficult forecasting in New England can be, almost no weather scenario will. In other words, take the exact numbers of the long-range forecast with not one, but two grains of salt.

I'll be giving lots of updates here and on Twitter @growingwisdom for Christmas and New Years so stay tuned.

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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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