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Santa arrives to a chilly, but dry northeast

Posted by David Epstein  December 24, 2013 06:31 AM

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Yesterday was one miserable weather day. I think rain and 34 is about as raw and dank as it get's and I felt like I couldn't warm up all day. I decided to take in a movie at 11AM which has the added bonus of being quieter than those in the evening and also less expensive.

It's cloudy now, but you will finally get to see some sunshine today, although clouds will never fully break, so I'll call it a blend of clouds and sunshine. I am not expecting any precipitation today, with roads staying or turning dry. Winds will be somewhat brisk around midday as colder air continues to work into the region.

I'll be updating the forecast on Twitter @growingwisdom throughout the week. Please follow me there.

Those of you in northern sections of the area should be careful this morning on untreated surfaces as temperatures has fallen below freezing. If you are headed into northern New England, be aware there are 10's of thousands of people without power. If you have a second home and were planning on spending Christmas up there, call ahead to see if you have power. Some of the power companies have already said it will be after the 25th before power is restored.

Even colder air moves in for Christmas and you will definitely need to wear the heavier coats tomorrow. The surge of arctic air just clips the region, so the cold won't last very long. On Thursday a weak system from the west will being a few showers of rain and snow. Temperatures will be in the 30s so depending on exactly when the precipitation falls will determine its form. Whatever falls will be so light it won't matter.

Friday and the weekend look dry and seasonable. A brief warm-up will occur Sunday when many towns will push into the 40 degree range or a few degrees higher. If you are a winter golfer make your tee times now for Sunday, it will be a crowded day on the links.
Yesterday's storm is pushing out to see this morning as a cold front moves into the area later today and overnight. Arctic air will surge southward and provide one very cold day for Christmas. The deep cold departs for Thursday leaving us with seasonable temperatures into the weekend.

I don't see any major snowstorms in sight and it appears we will end December will about average snowfall and colder than normal temperatures.

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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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