As the storm that pounded the area yesterday with heavy rain, snow and high winds moves into the Canadian Maritimes it will bring some gusty winds early today and colder temperatures. The sun will return and overall it is a fairly nice late December day as we prepare for the upcoming weekend.
Snow is in the forecast for the weekend. A complex area of low pressure will redevelop on the Mid Atlantic Coast on Saturday and move northeastward, well southeast of Nantucket Island by Sunday. With plenty of cold air in place and being on the north side, or colder side of this system we are talking snow for the Boston area and points north and west. At this time it appears to be a light snow event, with accumulations mainly 1 to 3 inches. A few spot 4 inches or so are possible in southern Essex County. Southeast Massachusetts, especially away from the coast, may see a few additional inches of snow. Snowfall begins in the afternoon and continues Saturday night.
The low is forecast to intensify rapidly off the coast and quickly move northeastward toward the Maritimes. If the storm were to intensify quicker than anticipated and the track nudges slightly further north, we could be facing a moderate snowfall of 4 to 6 inches or more. For now we are staying on the conservative side. If future forecast models indicate this storm will be a heavy hitter we will update you tonight.
For Sunday, the low pulls away and drags down colder air on stiff northwesterly winds. Wind chill values will be in the teens. Early clouds, and perhaps a leftover snow shower or two will give way to partial clearing. If you are heading to the Patriots game it will be a breezy and cold affair, with a kickoff temperature around 31.
The coldest night of the season could arrive Sunday night, followed by another chilly day Monday.
New Years Eve should be partly to mostly cloudy and not as cold as the previous night. A cold front will approach the area but is not likely to punch through the area until early on New Years Day. This brings a reinforcing shot of cold air, with a chance of a few snow flurries or snow showers associated with the frontal passage.
Five Day Forecast:
Friday: Mostly sunny, with some afternoon clouds. Chilly, highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph, may gust to over 25 mph in the morning.
Friday night: Increasing clouds and cold. Lows in the upper teens inland to the low and mid 20s closer to the coast. Winds will diminish to near calm.
Saturday: Becoming cloudy, with light snow breaking out in the afternoon. Highs in the low 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday night: Light snow continues overnight. Cold, lows in the mid 20s. Northeast winds becoming northwest 8 to 15 mph. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches, lightest amounts toward the New Hampshire border.
Sunday: Early clouds give way to a partly sunny day. Cold and windy. Highs around 30 degrees, with gusty northwest winds to near 30 mph at times.
Sunday night: Mainly clear and quite cold. Lows in the low to mid teens.
Monday: Becoming partly sunny. Highs in the low to mid 30s.
Monday night: Mostly cloudy and not as cold. Lows in the low to mid 20s.
New Years Day: Chance of an early flurry or snow shower, otherwise partly cloudy and cold. Highs in the low to mid 30s.