12-25-2017: Heavy Snow This Morning; Significant Cold Ahead

Good morning and Merry Christmas!!

The forecast is still on track for today, with 0.7″ in Dracut as of 5:15 AM (this has probably gone up) and the vast majority of the snow to fall in the next 6-7 hours. I have not changed the forecast locally, but adjusted my map elsewhere to account for increased snow in parts of Western New England. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 1 PM.

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Today will feature a high around 32, but we will not get out of the low to mid 20s until skies begin clearing in the early afternoon; at this point we will make our way to the low 30s. Skies will turn at least partly sunny this afternoon, and things turn very windy with a west wind at 10-20 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. A Wind Advisory is in effect from 10 AM to 7 PM but the bulk of the wind will be after noontime.

Tonight will be a little calmer in the wind department, but still active with a west wind at 10-20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Skies will be clear and the low will be around 15.

Tomorrow, we turn much colder with sunny skies, a high of 21, and a west wind around 10-15 mph. If you think that’s cold, look at the rest of the forecast period – tomorrow night will have a low around 5, with clear skies and a west wind of 5-10 mph.

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None of the temperatures below are typos. It will really be in the single digits on Thursday for highs. If you have outdoor Christmas decorations and you insist on taking them down before New Year’s, do it tomorrow. The next week and a half at least – and quite possibly longer – looks to be mainly below tomorrow’s high, which will look warm once we are done with this pattern.

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Have a Merry Christmas! And if you don’t celebrate, enjoy your Monday!!
-Nathan

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