Christmas Storm to Bring Snow, Rain Into New England

Ice from Saturday’s storm continues to melt on Christmas Eve, as New England enjoys quiet weather with a mixture of sun and clouds. Highs will reach the 20s in Northern New England, and the 30s to near 40 farther south. 

There will be no travel concerns until about midnight. At that point snow will spread in from west to east, arriving first in Western and Central Massachusetts, as well as parts of Connecticut and Vermont. 

This is in association with a developing storm that will impact us mostly during the first part of Christmas. 

Many of those living along and north of the Massachusetts Turnpike, or in parts of northern Connecticut, will wake up with snow falling on Christmas. South of there mostly rain will likely be falling as warmer maritime air works in from the ocean. 

Over the course of the mid and late morning hours, some bands of heavier snow will set up from central Massachusetts into New Hampshire and Maine. 

The rain/snow line, which will sit near the Mass. Pike and Boston most of the day will collapse around noontime allowing colder air to rush in on the back side of the storm. That will end things as a burst of snow even along the coast. 

During the afternoon the snow will continue to retreat farther north, with partial sunshine developing elsewhere. 

Expect 0-1” from Cape Ann to Boston, into southeastern Massachusetts, and back into much of Rhode Island and the southern half of Connecticut. 1-3” is likely from Hartford into the Blackstone Valley, and into the suburbs just north and west of Boston as well as the Merrimack Valley. 

From Worcester northward 3-6” will fall, but the totals jump to 6-9” once you hit the Massachusetts/New Hampshire/Vermont border. Similar totals will be common all across Northern New England, expect for some higher totals in the mountains and in Central and Northern Maine. That’s where 9-12”+ is likely. 

Strong westerly winds will also develop, gusting 40-50 MPH at times inland, and potentially over 60 MPH for parts of Cape Cod and the Islands. That may result in isolated power outages. 

The winds will settle down somewhat heading into Tuesday, but cold air will continue to rush in. That cold will linger into the starts of 2018. 

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