Coldest Christmas Eve Christmas Day Since 1989 No Major Storms On The Horizon
Christmas Eve has brought the gift of bitter cold air. This major storm and the arctic air behind it was so cold that even weather models couldn’t handle the magniture of the cold air. As of 5am morning lows were in the single digits everywhere and the final lows will probably see a few places near or even below zero. The satellite loop shows that we are still under the influence of the circulation of this storm as it extends south from Northeastern Canada.
Weather radars are quiet here but we see the lake effect snows continuing in Western and North Central NY were some areas are still experiencing wind gusts of 70 mph or more. We will have a day of ineffective sunshine here with a gusty wind continuing. High temperatures this afternoon will not be much above the upper teens and lower 20s and the wind chills will be running in the single digits
We will continue to see very cold conditions tonight with clear skies. There are no precipitation issues to worry about but if you are headed out for church services or family gatherings, it is going to be very cold. Skies will be clear. Lows will be in the single digits inland and low to mid teens along the coast. There will still be a gusty wind though the winds will start to ease somewhat.
Sunday Christmas Day we see a beautiful day of sunshine but it will still be very cold with a gusty wind at times though the wind will be far less of an issue. No snow is forecast as the radars should remain quiet. Highs Sunday should be back into the 20s everywhere.
Normally when we see a big storm like this that is so dominant a feature, it alters the pattern a bit. So much energy often times wipes out the atmosphere of any moisture and the mechanisms for storm development remain weak. That is what we have to look ahead to next week. We will also see the cold air pull out and warmer air taking over later next week.
Low pressure dropping southeast out of the Plains falls apart as it moves into the East so that leaves Eastern Pennsylania to Southern New England with mostly nice weather next week with moderating temperatures. It will still be cold Monday though with some sunshine highs will reach back to the 30 degree mark or even to the lower 30s in some places.
Temperatures will slowly climb each day next week with at least some sun each day. Highs will be in the low to middle 30s Tuesday, upper 30s to near 40 Wednesday, and into the 40s everywhere Thursday. By the time we reach New Years we will be at the exact opposite end of the weather spectrum with highs in the 50s! The next chance for any cold front and any chance for rain could be Sunday New Year’s Day. Merry Christmas to all and enjoy the holiday with good cheer.
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