After one of the wettest autumns on record here in New England, there is one way that pattern had to shift -- and that is to a drier pattern.
It’s happening this week thanks to fresh air from Canada. And as this is December, the beginning of meteorological winter, Canada is cold. Not as cold as it was pre-Thanksgiving, but cold enough to keep us freezing each night, and just barely into the 30s each day.
With the jet stream coming down from the north, all the big ocean storms should stay out over the ocean. At least that’s the plan for most of this week.
We start off Tuesday morning with wintry wind from the northwest, gusting past 30 mph with a temperature in the 20s north, 20s and 30s south. Under a mixture of sunshine and a few clouds, temperatures warm only in the 30s for highs Tuesday, 20s north with some snow showers continuing in the mountains.
High pressure is here Tuesday night with the low temperature in the teens, followed by sunshine to start off Wednesday, increasing clouds late, high temperature near freezing.
The first of several storms will be out to sea well south of Nantucket Wednesday night, keeping us on the fringe with a few snowflakes possible on Cape Cod.
Slightly less cold air is here for Thursday with a high temperature close to 40 degrees in parts of southern New England. The next front from Canada comes on Friday morning with a chance of a snow shower, and the coldest air since Thanksgiving came on Friday night.
With plenty of sunshine on Saturday, the outlook is for a high temperature only in the teens north and 20s south. Later Sunday and Monday, we should be watching a snowstorm go across the southern and southeastern United States, probably missing us out to sea, but there’s watching. After that, a more significant warm-up could develop.