Tracking Storms the First Week of December

Cold high-pressure from Canada brings in mostly dry and seasonably cold weather for our Monday.

However, cold wind coming in from the ocean is generating a layer of clouds with a few flurries or sprinkles early Monday in eastern Massachusetts.

Roads may become damp, but likely do not need treatment as the temperature should be just above 32 as the water temperature is still 50 degrees.

The next significant weather maker comes from the southwest with rain Tuesday night.

That weather, a low pressure center from The Pacific Ocean, produced a major ice storm in Oklahoma, where tens of thousands of customers were without electricity in cold air. There were also several more inches of rain with flooding in Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri.

Now winter storm warnings are in effect for 5 states from Kansas to Minnesota. The east side of the storm is wet, the west side is icy and white.

As this storm tracks to our west, into Ontario, New England is on the warmer side with the southwesterly flow returning as light rain arrives late Tuesday.

Rain becomes heavier at night into Wednesday.

Here is an early guess on how much rain falls in New England through Wednesday evening:


Colder air on the backside may change rain to snow in the mountains before ending later Wednesday into Thursday. Colder dry weather returns Thursday into next weekend.

A few miscellaneous notes: 

  • Nov. 30 is the final day for the Atlantic Hurricane Season
  • There were 11 named storms in 2015
  • Four hurricanes
  • Two major hurricanes
  • None hit the United States
  • Two tropical storms made landfall; Ana in South Carolina, Bill in Texas

Globally, it was a different story. There were a record number of 30 major hurricanes in the northern hemisphere, beating 23 in 1997 and 2004.

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