A New Year's Nor'easter? - NECN
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A New Year's Nor'easter?



    Weather Forecast: Very Cold Air

    Tuesday night: Mostly clear, cold. Lows in the single digits and teens. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, cold. Highs in the teens and 20s. Thursday: Very cold. Highs in the single digits and teens.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017)

    The bombardment of storms has relented for a few days, and now the cold seems like it is going to be relentless.

    The Christmas Day storm continued to intensify as it moved into Labrador, where it is now stalled, and is actually backing a little bit toward the south.

    That feeds additional cold air into New England and keeps the wind up, enough that we have a wind chill advisory for much of northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire and northern Maine overnight.

    Temperatures cool to zero or colder at the Canadian border, with wind chill factors near 20 below zero. Meanwhile, in southern New England, temperatures fall to about 10 degrees, with the chill factor below zero. There's a big bright moon in the sky, but you have to dress in layers and mittens and scarves to enjoy this weather.

    Very little changes on the weather map over the next few days. High-pressure over southern Canada combined with that low pressure system over Labrador will maintain mostly dry and very cold weather into Friday. High temperatures will be in the single numbers and teens through the rest of the week, with sub-zero nighttime low temperatures.

    The next shot at some significant weather is with a clipper that comes through on Friday, increasing clouds with a chance of a dusting of snow late.

    The weekend forecast is not so easy. First, one low pressure system is moving away on Saturday, with increasing sunshine and temperatures remaining very cold. Then on Sunday, we'll be watching a storm system come across the southeastern United States, with snow possible as far south as Mississippi and Alabama.

    That storm will go off the middle Atlantic coast on Sunday and may clip New England with a potential nor'easter on New Year's Eve.

    Temperatures change very little with highs in the teens and low temperatures near 0 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

    It's still too early to say, but regardless of how much snow, if any, falls for New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day, we will have another round of cold to record cold air arriving for the first few days of 2018. Many of the salt water harbors are probably going to freeze up - the most widespread ice since the winter of 2014-15.

    We will keep an eye out for any warming trend and let you know the latest on the possible New Year's nor'easter as the time approaches.

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