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Cold, Clear Start for Everyone, Snow Arrives Late

A weak area of high pressure should take care of us Friday, with equal amounts of sun and clouds.

Clouds may become thick along the south coast late in the day.

The high temperature will be 15 to 25 degrees north, and in the 20s to about 32 degrees south.

There is not much wind, though it will shift more from the southwest during the afternoon, gusting 10 to 20 mph.

Yet another fast-moving clipper low-pressure system will race south of New England Friday night, and once again we may see a little coating of snow from the coast of Connecticut to Cape Cod.

The early call is that this one tracks farther out to sea, so less than an inch of snow, if any, is predicted by early Saturday.

But another front out of Ontario will be moving across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine with some snow showers during the day.

As long as the northern front and the ocean storm stay separate, we should be mostly quiet in New England.

Our weekend as a whole is a mixture of sun and clouds with a high temperature in the 20s to low 30s, and fair at night with a low temperature in the single digits and teens.

The weather plot thickens on Monday as warmer air tries to push in from the south, possibly generating a little bit of light rain or snow.

The temperature should climb to 40 degrees in southern New England Monday, and any rain and snow looks to be on the light side.

It's a different story on Tuesday though, when a more potent weather system with origins in Canada and the Gulf of Mexico may combine to bring us another round of wintry weather, very similar to this past Tuesday.

There's plenty of fine-tuning to do there.

Either way, more cold should come back next Wednesday and Thursday.

The very early outlook for Christmas Eve weekend is for another storm system to come out of the Gulf of Mexico toward New England, with enough cold in place that we have to watch out for more possible snow and/or rain.

We will keep you posted.

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