The good news of the day is that the winter solstice is here, marking the astronomical beginning of the greatest season. Unfortunately, that’s about where it ends, because Mother Nature is taking a short pause from her duty to bring cold and snow this time of year. Today’s weather will be just the opposite of what should be happening as low pressure moves to our west and warm air floods north.
Look for light freezing rain inland this morning to give way to bands of heavy rain across the area this afternoon/evening. Tragically, even the mountains will see a total washout with 2-3″ of liquid falling. The rain will be accompanied by warm temps as well, ranging from 40 in the north to 60 in far southern NH. Of course this warm air has to work to get here, and gusty SE winds will be doing that work. Gusts along the coast could top 40 mph this evening as a line of showers and thunderstorms rolls through. That won’t be enough to cause widespread major damage, but it will bring the threat for at least scattered power outages.
Rain clears from west to east tonight, with more sensible weather returning for the weekend.