As we close another wild weather year in New England that saw blizzards, record high coastal flooding in Boston, 97mph winds on the Cape, 22 tornadoes, and a nearly snowless December, we finish with a simple rainstorm on New Year’s Eve.
This storm has been brewing for a day or so already, gathering rain and riding a fast-moving jet stream into the Northeast. While there are some cold reserves left over to cause some travel headaches (like snow and ice) in Northern New England, we should be all wet in Southern New England.
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Certainly, a few spots may start as some sleet on outer Route 2 and across Southern New Hampshire, but as in the last storm, you’ll remember this event for the rain and mild temps, not for the few minutes of mix at the beginning.
While most of the rain comes overnight on New Year’s Eve, the mild temperatures will wait until New Year’s Day. Highs soar well into the 50s as sun scoots in and the winds howl.
Gusts could top 45 mph in spots as the air changes hands and the storm pulls away. That wind will do more than throw around holiday decorations though. Expect the temperatures to crumble back to the 40s as the afternoon wears on.
More sun is expected midweek - along with colder temps. Another mild (although not as warm as this event) storm system will threaten late week.
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There is much uncertainty regarding the cold as we head deeper into January, however. Long range forecasts are battling it out as to whether we drop in the deep freeze or sit in the ying/yang of cold jabs and mild storms. Time will tell.
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