The storm that pounded Southern New England with 3-12″ of snow Saturday evening then raced to Nova Scotia by dawn Sunday will be a wind-maker for the Northeast on Sunday afternoon and evening. After a sunny start Sunday, clouds will develop during the day, and the wind will increase to 20-30 mph, with the potential for some stronger gusts. Peak wind gusts could approach 50 mph this afternoon in Southern New England. It will be chilly, but feel even colder because of the howling wind. Midday high temperatures will be in the upper 20s, with the temperature falling through the 20s by late in the day. It will be a cold one for the players and fans at the Patriots final regular season game Sunday evening.
Chilly, not bitter cold, New Year’s Eve
The temperature will nosedive into the teens overnight, and the wind will stay active, putting wind chills in the single digits. After a frigid start Monday, the temperature will moderate into the upper 20s to low 30s with a steady west-southwesterly breeze in the afternoon. The temperature will not drop much at all on New Year’s Eve as clouds roll in from the west. By midnight, the temperature should still range from the mid 20s to the low 30s in Southern New England, and it may be in the low to mid 30s in New York City. There will still be a noticeable breeze, so it will feel a bit colder.
New Year’s Day will be partly to mostly cloudy, breezy, and turning colder by late in the day. The temperature should be in the low to mid 30s for the Penguin and Polar Bear plunges or the Hangover Classic Road Race in Bristol. The wind chills will be in the 20s.
The late-workweek weather looks unseasonably cold. Wednesday will feature a low in the teens, with highs in the 20s. Thursday could be the coldest of the week, with low temperatures possibly approaching zero if Arctic air plunges straight into Southern New England. The high temperature will only be in the upper teens to low 20s. Friday should also be bitter cold in the morning, with the temperature moderating a bit in the afternoon. The weather should be storm-free into next weekend.