Cold Builds In... Still Waiting For Snow
Posted by Chris Lambert
You can't put the cart before the horse (I guess you could, just wouldn't work well), and you can't get snow without the cold. The cold air continues to build in tonight, and that helps set the stage for some of us getting snow by Christmas morning.
It's dry Sunday and Christmas Eve evening continues to be dry through 10PM, but after that... all bets are off as light snow starts flying. That snow drops into Christmas morning, tapers off by mid morning, with some sun breaking through the clouds by the afternoon. Overall, I'm not expecting a big storm, but one that could blanket many of us in southern New England with 1-3" of snow is certainly plausible at this point. We only need 1" on the ground for an official white Christmas, so the level of optimism on that is rising, especially north and west of the City.
Through SE Mass/Buzzards Bay/Cape/Islands, it may be rain, pending the track of the low, and that lowers the white Christmas chance there. For the latest thinking on who has the best chance, click on the "special map" under the weather section of the website.
We may have bigger fish to fry Wednesday night and Thursday as a storm rides up the eastern United States (nor'easter in the works?). This one has the potential for at least a half a foot of snow where it's all snow, lots of wind and lots of rain so it bears watching. Rain/snow line is way too early to determine, the models are split with the GFS & Euro favoring more rain than snow thanks to an inland track of the low, and the JMA,UKMET,Canadian favoring more snow than rain thanks to a more offshore track.
Plenty of time to track that... Until then, enjoy the rest of the weekend and good luck getting great last minute deals on gifts!