A December blow torch ruined the chances of a white Christmas for many in the Eastern United States this past weekend. However, the respite from very cold weather in the Eastern United States will be brief. It will be a cold and dry Christmas in Southern New England. Highs will only be in the 20s – it may be among the 10 coldest on record in Providence. A few snow showers are possible on Thursday, but, other than that, it will be dry through the upcoming weekend. It will not be as cold this weekend, with highs near or slightly above normal. Sunday looks like the warmest day of the next two weeks, with highs in the mid to upper 40s.
Next week’s pattern may become an exciting one for the Northeast United States. It will likely be cold, the question is whether some disturbances in the northern branch of the jet stream will redevelop near the coast leading to snow in Southern New England. The potential exists, but there is nothing imminent. Right now, January 2-4 looks like the best timeframe for a storm in SNE. Have a Merry Christmas, and stay warm!