Bye Bye 2011…Hello 2012!

by Meteorologist Joe Joyce

A weak area of low pressure moving through New England will make for periodic showers Saturday. Cold air at the ground early this morning has made for an icy start from SNH to Northern MA on secondary roads and sidewalks. Temps will be warming through the morning and eventually climb above freezing by late morning across SNH to wipe out the icing threat. Showers will remain scattered…so there will be times where it will not be raining. Temps will be climbing into the 40’s in SNE behind a warm front. SE MA will be the warm spot with temps climbing into the mid 50’s. Cold air will hold on stronger across SNH with temps in the upper 30’s and Lwr 40’s. Scattered Showers will be taper off this afternoon as a cold front pushes off the coast. The cloud deck will lift and begin to break to partly cloudy skies by midnight tonight. Temps will be in the 40’s for evening festivities and then fall to the upper 30’s around midnight as skies begin to clear.

2012 will dawn with sunshine. Sunday will be a brilliant day across Northern New England. Light SW winds will keep the weekend warming trend going with highs in the 40’s to near 50. Clouds will be on the increase in SNE during the afternoon. Sunday night may see a few brief passing showers along with a cold front which will bring in our first push of cooler air. This front will wipe away the weekend warmth and return us to seasonal airmass for Monday with sunshine and clouds with highs in the upper 30’s and lwr 40’s.

An Arctic front will push through Monday night, so Tuesday true Arctic air will be unleashed upon the northeast. This is air which will be directed by the jetstream from Alaska right into New England. Blustery NW winds will drop temps into the 20’s Tuesday with wind chills feeling in the single digits and teens. Wednesday morning will be clear and frigid at the busstop in the single digits with windchills below zero in spots. Highs on Wednesday will range from 20-25!  But alas…once again…the cold air will not lock in and a return to normal temps by the weekend back into the 30’s. No big storms in the immediate future. A quiet stat to the New Year..but filled with plenty highs and lows…just like any other year. Happy New Year everybody! Make 2012 great!

Comments

One Comment

  1. Mike says:

    Joe Thank You and Happy New Year To You and Your Family,What is the record low for snowfall in one season? Do you think we might have a shot at that record?

  2. Dave H says:

    Happy New Year to you and the whole weather team. I have to say that I do not like the fact that the new-look weather page now includes another seven-day which is totally not WBZ’s seven day. Chance for snow Tuesday, Thursday and Friday??
    Not even close.

    1. David White says:

      Is the second seven day outlook from CPC or Accuweather? If there is discrepancy perhaps one forecast is following the GFS, and the other the ECMWF? One model may be sensing ocean effect snow, and the other not.

  3. Italo says:

    I think that would be interesting to know what the least-snowfall winter record here in Boston is, too. But I still believe that we’ll see snow and wintry conditions at some point, it is just inevitable because of where we live and due to the winter season that we are in now.

  4. Paul52 says:

    The least snowy season in Boston, I believe was 1936/37 with only 9.0 inches. There was only 10.3 inches during the 1972/73 winter. Worcester recorded 24.6 inches and 44.4 inches in those winters respectively. Hopefully we will not see a repeat of those winters!

    1. Italo says:

      Wow! Thanks, Paul. I remember a lot of snow-to-rain or relatively “quiet” winters growing up in the 1970s. They must have ended up having more than something like that 9 inches during that winter about 65 years ago. I recall a New Year’s Eve about 8 or 9 years ago, when it was practically a balmy 60 degrees overnight. I would like to try to research and remember how much snow we ended up getting after that in that season. Also, sometimes winters that seem light on snow, end up revving up as spring approaches, or else lead into very wet and stormy springs around here, I believe recalling.

    2. Italo says:

      Wow! Thanks, Paul. I remember a lot of snow-to-rain or relatively quiet winters growing up in the 1970s. They must have ended up having more than something than like that winter about 65 years ago. I recall a New Year’s Eve about 8 or 9 years ago, when it was practically a balmy 60 degrees overnight. I would like to try to research and remember how much snow we ended up getting after that in that season. Also, sometimes winters that seem light on snow, end up revving up as spring approaches, or else lead into very wet and stormy springs around here, I believe recalling.

    3. Philip says:

      Paul52…you are absolutely correct on those amounts for Boston! :-)

  5. JimmyJames says:

    I am hoping no either but the EURO weeklies don’t paint a good picture as it look like another warmer than normal month.

  6. JOHN says:

    WeatherWizzard- I sent you a post on barrys blog yesterday asking you to send an email to the address that was giving to you. It is regarding a weather blog. At the very least please send an email and just check it out. I can tell you that once you check it out you will be hooked. Just please respond sir, this is by no means a joke. You have nothing to loose, and I really do believe you will be happy that you did. Your expertise on weather is by far outstanding. Thank you sir.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Boston

WheelMobile
Download Our App

Listen Live