It may not be a white Christmas for us, but the “gray” hasn’t been completely terrible.  The low clouds that have hung around for the last couple of days have actually been quite pretty with the glow of holiday lights…. and here’s another bit of silver lining… We won’t have to break out the snow shovels!

The rainfall totals haven’t been too impressive so far, having only picked up between 0.10″ in some areas to around 0.50″ in others.  This system is coming with a one-two-punch though, and this is just the first round.  While showers will die down overnight to just spotty drizzle and light rain, we’ll get another round of the fire hose early tomorrow morning that will likely double the rainfall rates we’ve seen so far.  This second round also comes with a chance of some thunder rumbles.  So, if the excitement of Christmas morning isn’t waking the kids up at 5 or 6 am, bangs and booms in the sky might.

More cheer for our Christmas, if you’re not a fan of wet weather:  All of this wet mess will wrap up by about 9 or 10am, and even some sunshine could be in store for the afternoon.  

I don’t think we’ll break any rainfall records in Boston for tonight or tomorrow, but it is still possible for us to break the Christmas Eve record high.  The standing record was set in 1996, at 61 degrees… New Bedford is already at 60 this evening and temps will continue to climb as we near the end of the day at 11:59pm.

We start of Christmas Day with that second round of moderate to heavy rainfall, but our temps are also at the peak tomorrow morning.  Highs will be in the low to even the mid 60s early on, and then drop through the day.  By the time we reach the evening, temps will be closer to 50.  Still not all that bad, considering normal for this time of year is in the upper 30s!

It really does feel more like Easter than like Christmas, but here’s a little message for snow lovers:  While it looks like we’ll have to wait until next year for some of that “freshy-freshy-pow-pow,” next year is just around the corner… next week.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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