Above Average Temperatures Christmas Week
It is a cold start this morning with temperatures in the teens. Max temps will rebound into the low to mid 30's which is a few degrees below average for mid to late December. Temperatures will moderate into the 40's by the holiday weekend. Although these readings will be above average they will still be a good 20 degrees below 2015 and 15-20 below Christmas 2014. Snow chances appear minimal through the forecast period. Unless there is a Christmas week miracle there will be no White Christmas in 2016.
Temperatures max in the low 30's in Southern Worcester County, Eastern MA, RI an CT. Temps are closer to 30 or in the upper 20's in Western MA and Northern Worcester County. Today is the last full day of fall so there will not be much sunlight to work with in the afternoon to maximize the sunshine. Clouds will also be on the increase this PM.
Temperatures will not be as cold tonight as they are this morning but lows still drop into the low to mid 20's for most. We will drop into the upper teens in some parts of Western MA. Winds pick up a bit tonight as a weak front passes. This front will be mainly dry but a pocket of rain/snow showers is possible in SE MA especially the Cape and Is.
Temperatures will rebound to the upper 30's/low 40's for Wednesday. Winds will gust 10-20 MPH for much of the day. Clouds will increase in the PM from west to east but not before a mainly sunny start. Min temps are in the upper 20's Wednesday night/Thursday AM. A cold front will lift to the Northeast on Thursday. There will be isolated snow/rain showers during the day Friday but the best chance is in Central and Northern New England.
Here is what is "normal" and the extremes for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 2015 is well represented here.
|WPC Surface Fronts/Precipitation Tuesday 7 AM|
|NWS Max temps Tuesday (image Weatherbell)|
|NWS min temps Tues PM-Weds AM (image Weatherbell)|
|WPC Surface Fronts/Precipitation Thursday 7 AM|
|Monthly Climate Normal Worcester, MA snowfall|