It's a Wrap
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Storm hit hard and fast today, but just as soon as it got underway, it was over...and the sun was out...and the temperatures were back to 50 or better. Not a bad way to wrap up the afternoon.
Gusts hit 60mph or better (Blue Hill Observatory), but it wasn't the end of the world: only a few small branches came down. We were pouring it on with the rain too. Amounts around Worcester were 1-1 1/2 inches, a little under an inch around Boston.
We're now in the wake of the storm. It means the clouds will take over for much of the weekend, but it also settles down the pattern...er, for the weekend.
Long range, we're in the hot seat. Not in terms of temperature, but in terms of action. The jetstream will bring us two more storms in the near term: one weak one on Christmas, and a mighty one Wednesday night and Thursday.
First the Christmas storm. Hardly worthy of the 'storm' moniker. This is more or less a weak disturbance in the jet stream. It won't buckle the warm air, it won't bring in a lot of precipitation, and it won't snarl traffic across the northeast.
What it could do is coat the ground in white, however. The numbers I'm floating around right now are between 1 and 3 inches of snow. Maybe a rain/snow mix along the coast/Capes too. In by sunup, out by sunset. Pacing is light and intermittent. All in all, a nice way to brighten the season...way to go Mother Nature.
Wednesday night and Thursday is another matter. This IS worthy of our attention. Could mix with rain along the coast, but we're talking the potential for more like double digit snowfall amounts where it stays snow.
Much more on this in the coming days.
Want to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season! Please relax, reflect and recharge.