Same ol' same ol'
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Big storm spinning off Nova Scotia - that's last night's rain.
Big storm spinning in the Lower Plains - that's Friday's rain.
Two storms flanking us, and we're in a (semi) quiet two-day respite. Two storms that are defining the early-winter pattern for Southern New England: mild and wet. Two storms that remind us that not every winter gets off to a roaring start with snow - like in '08, '09 and '10.
And so after tomorrow, we'll face another rainstorm. This one will have a few aces up its sleeve, however. First it shoots the temps well into the 50s in the morning - POSSIBLY firing up a few thunderstorms - then the temperatures come crashing back down in the afternoon with cold air getting shoved back into New England. It's a vibrant storm, and one that will bring close to 1" of rain and some VERY gusty winds throughout the day to New England. In its wake, it will act to settle down the pattern for the holiday weekend.
In fact, post-storm, the cold will take hold. The jet stream will be pushed far offshore, so it will be several days before we see another weather system in these parts (possibly by the 27th...and yes, it's favoring rain at this point).
It's worth noting (at least to fill up space in the blog) that there was a glimmer of hope for some light snow or flurries gracing New England on Christmas Day, but with new information coming in this afternoon, those hopes seemed to be just a "flash in the pan".