Unfortunately for those of us skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers, or anyone hoping for a White Christmas, Mother Nature will be doing her very best Grinch impression over the next 36 hours as a strong storm passes to our west. Warm air is flooding into the region this morning on southerly winds and our high temps today (40 in the north, 50 in the south) belong either in October or April, nowhere in between.
Any morning glimpses of sunshine will become obscured later in the day as the storm draws closer. Additionally, southerly breezes will pick up especially this evening. Rain should hold off until after dark when showers begin arriving from the west. Showers will become heavier and more numerous overnight, and by tomorrow morning, the whole region will be getting poured on.
Winds will also be picking up overnight, and by tomorrow morning, gusts could become strong enough to cause outages especially within 30-50 miles of the coast. As warm and moisture-laden air moves over our snowpack, fog will develop and become thick at times starting this evening.
Winds and rain will peak tomorrow morning before departing to the east midday. Behind the storm’s cold front, we’ll see quickly-falling temps tomorrow afternoon/evening.
Those concerned about impacts to Santa’s itinerary this evening should rest assured that he is aware of the expected storm and has prepared accordingly. I am told Rudolph has spent most of this week polishing his nose in preparation for navigating the fog over Maine and New Hampshire. Strong winds at Santa’s cruising altitude means that he might arrive a smidge ahead of schedule though, so plan accordingly!
Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate!