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Sunshine returns after record breaking snowfall

Posted by David Epstein  December 18, 2013 06:49 AM

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Good Wednesday morning. The storm ended before midnight and at 6.4 inches, Boston set a new record for the most amount of snow to fall on December 17th. That broke the long standing record of 3.8 inches set back in 1970. There are still many days in the record books when not a lot of snow fell in Boston, yesterday happened to be one of them, so we set a new record, with just over 6 inches. While the snowstorm wasn't a blockbuster, the timing caused an evening commute not seen since the other epic home bound rush back on December 13th 2007 when a similarly timed storm created gridlock on the roads for that home bound commute.

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Our storm is now leaving the area and will pull the clouds with it this morning, bright, sometimes blinding sunshine will ensue this afternoon. Temperatures will rise to about the freezing mark in Boston for a bit of melting on the roads.
White Christmas likely for most

Milder air will move into the area as we get to the weekend, but the boundary between the cold and mild air will remain close to the region and therefore a chance of showers with a lot of clouds will be in the forecast. Temperatures are going to be above freezing for many of us for 5 days before Christmas eve. This time of year, it's very difficult to melt a foot of snow in 5 days without a lot of rain. Right now, I only see a few showers in the forecast over the weekend. Logan airport, where Boston's records are kept, could officially have bare ground on Christmas morning, but it will be a close call.

The long range models have been advertizing a cold, but dry Christmas eve and Christmas Day and I am reasonable confident this will be the case. It also appear we won't be very cold for First Night as the arctic air needs to recharge itself after our very cold November/December combination.

The weekend
Our first break of sub-freezing temperatures will begin in earnest tomorrow when much of the region breaks out of a week or more of mid-winter cold. Normally, we would have several days in the 40s during the first half of December and while this was the case the first week of the month, the last 10 days have averaged a whopping 7.5 degrees below normal. It would take a lot of warm days at this point for the area to not record temperatures below average for this December.

Today and Thursday feature a lot of sunshine and highs will reach 32F in Boston this afternoon. Thursday, Worcester should exceed 32F for the first time in a over a week, a cold stretch indeed. The weekend does look mild with highs in the 40s, but there will be a lot of clouds around the area and scattered showers.

Storm snowfall totals
Below is a list of snow totals from the storm. These totals come from trained spotters, the media and others. Your backyard might not have the exact same amount of snow, but it will be close.
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Indoor flower project
If you are looking for something to do this weekend with the kids how about planting an amaryllis bulb? These bulbs also make great gifts. Here's a video telling you more about this great flowers.

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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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