First Blast of Arctic Air On Deck

Easy peasy… that’s the way the winter’s been for a lot of folks who dislike the cold and snow.  For the plow drivers and ski resorts, it’s generally been a waiting game, hoping for some cold and snow to come back into the picture.  The waiting game for cold is over for now as record shattering December temps transition into more seasonable weather to kick off January. That allows for the ski resorts to blast away with the snow guns, with an inch or two of natural snow here and there with snow showers and squalls occasionally rolling through up north.  

After a seasonable and quiet weekend in Southern New England, all the talk Monday and Tuesday will be how cold it is.  Not that we’re in record cold territory, but given the high temperature plateau we’re falling from… it’ll be chilly for sure.  Highs Monday and Tuesday run in the 20s (barely above 20 Tuesday) with Monday morning lows in the single digits.  Add in a breeze, and the wind chill factors fall to near 0  to -15 Monday night, coldest in the Worcester Hills. While most of us see sunshine Monday and Tuesday, more clouds will be across the coast and even snow showers and snow squalls across the Cape and Islands. While I can’t rule out a few snow showers across Cape Ann and the South Shore coast, most of the accumulating ocean-effect snow will be over the Cape thanks to arctic air on a northerly breeze passing over the relatively warm ocean waters.  1-3" is possible from Hyannis and Barnstable points east Monday afternoon to Tuesday AM with periodic snow squalls.

The cold retreats for more seasonable temps by Wednesday, and rather quiet weather stays to end the workweek.  While  I don’t have any widespread storms on the 7 day right now, the potential is there for a stormier pattern ahead, starting around next weekend.  Something to keep an eye on. 

Enjoy the weekend! 

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