Yet another morning here in December with temperatures way above normal---we're sitting in the upper 40s, our normal high temp for this time of year!! We also have a bunch of leftover clouds & even a pocket of showers moving through New England. This is the caboose of our weather system from yesterday. You will need that umbrella for a couple of hours this morning but after 9am...all done as sunshine returns. As for the temps, they will stay in the mid 40s for the entire day.
As we work toward tomorrow, it's a brighter day but also a colder day with temperatures crawling to 40 by afternoon. Thursday offers more sunshine and temps running in the low 40s. In fact, we can push this dry stretch of weather right into the start of the weekend with high pressure moving slow. Plan on sunshine into Saturday with temps briefly warming on Friday (upper 40s) then backing off on Saturday.
Our next storm will affect us on Sunday and this will mark the beginning of a colder pattern/storminess. Still thinking rain for coastal areas of Sunday but it will be a chilly. light rain with temps near 40 but inland (west of I-95) there will be a period of some snow Sunday morning into the afternoon. Perhaps enough to push around before changing to rain as well by Sunday evening. Plan on a cold rain at Gillette Sunday night. More on this later.
Watch any football today? Winter weather was certainly the story across the country and for numerous games in the NFL. The snow in Philly added up to 6-12" for a wide swatch southern Jersey, southeastern PA and Delaware. That's the same system moving our way, but for us, we'll escape the wrath of the heaviest precipitation as just a bit of snow and ice move in.
Cold weather is locked into New England for now as clouds increase and thicken through the afternoon as highs top off in the lower to middle 30s. Tailgating at Gillette is in the lower 30s with just a light breeze.
A little cool, but it wasn't a bad start to this first full weekend in December. Certainly good enough to pick out that Christmas tree or get some holiday shopping done. The cold air in place now, holds overnight and into Sunday, providing a cool, but dry 2nd half of the weekend.
Mixed rain, sleet and snow rolled through last night, dropping a slushy coating to an inch on car tops and grassy surfaces for many towns north and west of Boston. Thanks to a punch of drier air working in during the 1:00-4:00AM time frame, snow tapered back to drizzle, limiting additional accumulations. Other than brushing/scraping off the car this morning inland, there's not much of a clean up to do. Watch your step in the driveway or on the secondary road however, as patchy black ice has formed where temps are at or below freezing.