A Foray Into The Cold
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Cold front sliced through this morning, and although it didn't really feel like a shot of cold air rushed in at first, it certainly does now.
Gusty winds are transporting the coldest part of this airmass into New England. This is uniform cold, so everyone gets a slice of 20s tonight...all the way to the Back Bay. Granted, we're not going into the single digits or teens (thanks to a brisk breeze), it is a bit of a shock to the system after basking in the 50s since Monday.
Got a lot of snow lovers grumbling and ranting on Twitter and in emails:
"Where's the cold?"
"When can I build an outdoor ice rink?"
"Will we have a white Christmas?"
Can't see too far into the future to answer these questions with confidence, but I will say that I don't see any long-term cold in the pipeline through mid December. Sure, we may lob into the deeper cold by Chistmas week or even late December, but we gotta get things moving around the globe first. Arctic air is in a holding pattern right now. It's locked in Siberia, Alaska/Yukon Territories and Europe. Even when it gets going, will it be a brief cooldown like we had last Friday/Saturday or will it be here to stay?
These are rhetorical questions right now. Winter is still in diapers, and the cards are still on the table.
Near term, slow warming into the weekend. It's not enough to get out the short-sleeves, but it's enough to make it rain instead of snow. The real warmth will wait until Monday to surge in. By then, we might get cozy with the 60s!
Take it easy.