White Christmas likely for some of Southern New England

It will continue to be blustery and chilly in Southern New England through Saturday night. The wind will gust over 40 mph into Saturday evening, and should stay between 10-25 mph after midnight. Scattered flurries and snow showers are possible Saturday evening, with the sky becoming partly cloudy to mainly clear by dawn Sunday. The temperature will drop into the 20s, with wind chills in the teens. Sunday looks brighter, and not quite as windy, with a 10-20 mph breeze, and highs in the mid to upper 30s.

Fast-moving storm brings a white Christmas
Fast-moving storm brings a white Christmas


A fast-moving storm will spread some snow from the Ohio Valley to the Mid-Atlantic and New England Christmas Eve into Christmas Day. Clouds will gradually increase in Southern New England on Monday, with some snow possible by shortly after sunset. The precipitation will continue Monday night into Christmas morning before ending around noon. The steadiest precipitation is likely late Monday night.

At this point, the exact track of the storm is still unclear, and, as a result, the precipitation type is in question – especially from the coast to the I-95 corridor. A first look accumulation map is available to Right Weather Pro subscribers. Right now, the highest likelihood of a white Christmas is north and of Providence, where there may be enough snow to slow travel a bit from late Christmas eve through Christmas morning.

Looking farther ahead, a bigger storm is likely to arrive Wednesday afternoon or evening and continue into Thursday. Once again, the track is uncertain, but the strong odds favor the heaviest snow inland, with some snow, mixed precipitation and rain from the coast to Providence. The storm has the potential to bring more than 6″ of snow to the harder hit areas.

The long range forecast is for a very cold and active end of 2012 and start of the New Year. So, even though December has been unseasonably mild, the Right Weather forecast of a near normal to colder than normal winter, with above normal snow is still very much in play.

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Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #756 AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist #126

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