Another Short-Lived Cold Shot….

By Meteorologist Joe Joyce, WBZ-TV

Temps are starting off in the 20’s this morning with a west wind, and will have a tough time going much further today. Highs will climb into the Lwr 30’s by midday into the afternoon…even climb into the Mid 30’s for the south coast to the Cape. Temps will hold in the 20’s across NH. Sunshine this morning will give way to some increasing cloudiness as clouds from the N & W will be pushing towards the coastal plain along with an Arctic front.

By 8 p.m., kickoff time for the Patriots, the weather will be cold and clear with temperatures around 22 degrees and a slight breeze.

By the 4th quarter, temperatures will have slipped to 16 degrees with a wind chill factor near zero.

Temperatures will continue to drop after the game. The low for the night is 9 degrees.

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Temps are below zero this morning across the Canadian border. This is the airmass which will be over us for the next 24-48 hours.

The Arctic front is currently in place across the far north country. West winds have allowed persistent upsloping snows in the Green mountains of Vermont where 10-18″ of new snow has fallen in the past 24-48 hours. A powder day for snow starved skiers…but skiers must prepare for harsh conditions on the northern summits where wind chills will be below zero. Some lifts may close in stronger winds.

The Arctic front will push off the coast and bring a surge of bitter cold air into the region tonight through Sunday Night as winds shift to the NW with building Canadian high pressure behind the front ushering in the coldest airmass of the season so far. Lows will plummet into the single digits tonight with clear skies and diminishing winds, even below zero across the far north. Wind chills will be falling below zero overnight. So obviously…we will be dressing warmer this weekend…layers, hats and gloves if outside for anytime.

Brilliant sunshine Sunday, but highs will only be able to climb into the teens &  Lwr 20’s. Very cold with lighter winds. Temps running 10-15 degrees below normal. Ocean effect clouds snow showers or flurries will be possible on the outer Cape.  Another cold clear night Sunday night in the single digits with high pressure cresting over the region.

High pressure pushes off the coast on Monday. Temps will start off very cold, but rebound into the Lwr-mid 30’s Monday afternoon on developing breezy SW winds.  High to mid level clouds will be increasing along with an approaching warm front.  An upper level ridge on the east coast will allow moderating temps into Tuesday. Clouds will continue to thicken Monday night with a period of light snow, sleet or freezing rain later at night through early Tuesday AM. Any mix will change over to periodic showers Tuesday with temps warming into the 40’s by afternoon.

Blustery colder NW winds will shift back in Wednesday with increasing sunshine with a temp drop back into the Lwr 30’s. Another weak shortwave will approach Thursday for a few snow showers or flurries. Temps will average slightly below or near normal to end the week for Thursday & Friday. Temps will be on the rise for next weekend…and it appears the cold may not return through the rest of January! Hard to know what to think anymore. This winter just does not want to take. Chances for snow are minimal for the rest of the month…but the weather will still remain active…so you still can not totally rule it out. We will keep you in the know. Until then…perpare for this brief cold shot. It will mean business tonight through tomorrow.


  • JimmyJames

    Thanks Joe. Hopefull February will bring a wintry pattern.

  • Thanks

    Joe..anything in the records where we have had a similar winter and it eventually turned around? Looking for a little hope.

  • drosenb1

    I remember in early December hearing maybe winter will get going in late December. Then it was early January, then it was the second half of January. Beginning to wonder if I should abandon hope!


      why hope for winter ? HOPE FOR SPRING AND WARMTH—LOL!!!!!!

  • JimmyJames

    I still think we get one good size Noreaster before winter is out.

  • David White

    Thanks Joe: One does not have to go too far north or west of Boston, to find snow. At least five inches in Southern New Hampshire, according to a friend. So the skiers are ecstatic! We shall see what the rest of the month andFebruary bring forth. By the way tomorrow, January 15th marks the mid point of meteorological winter (Dec 1- March1), and I believe the coldest stretch of winter (January 15 – February 15, am I right?) It has been said that as days get longer, days get colder, and the warmup doesn’t begin until Mid February, assuming of course we won’t at that time be in a below normal temp pattern.

    • Italo

      Good points, David. I wonder if it’s because as the days slightly get longer, while all the cold air is so much still entrenched since it’s still winter in our part of the world, the cold hangs on and maybe peaks not until now through February because the increasing sunlight creates atmospheric turbulence that continues to generate wind flows and low/high pressure gradients that make pushes of cold a little stronger until March and April come along. Just my extremely amateur conjecturing!

    • Italo

      Good points, David. I wonder if it is because as the days slightly get longer, while all the cold air is so much still entrenched since it is still winter in our part of the world, the cold hangs on and maybe peaks not until now through February because the increasing sunlight creates atmospheric turbulence that continues to generate wind flows and low-high pressure gradients that make pushes of cold a little stronger until March and April come along. Just my extremely amateur conjecturing.

      • David White

        Thanks Italo. What you say makes sense.

  • JimmyJames

    I have heard that when the days start to lengthen the cold begins to strengthen.

  • man-o-wx

    Barry hinted at possible long cold and snow spell It’s not going to happen. What we have is a zonal flow brought on by greater irradiance and greenhouse gas. Trust me. I have been emphatic all along The great non-winter of 2011-12 will not be denied! As the sun gets higher, we go into a comparative fryer! Thunderstorms too. You gotta love it!

  • BaileyMan

    Hey Everyone!
    Well I have to admit it. When I am wrong, I admit it. And boy was I wrong!
    I predicted 2 weeks ago that after January 17th, we would go into a snowier and colder pattern. However, I was clearly wrong! ..In fact …outside of a few opportunities for light frozen precipitation and/or snow over the next 10 days plus…we will see times of very mild conditions and rain ..with only brief periods of Cold and perhaps snow showers. At this point, January appears as if it may indeed end WITHOUT A MAJOR SNOWSTORM!! Think about that possibility. IF it proves true..and the pattern favors it to be the least up until this point. We will have gone through Nov, Dec, and Jan with NO SNOW!!! And that takes us 2/3 of the way through Meteorological winter!!! Can it be so??????? …It appears quite possible and/or even probable. What an anamolous pattern and a enigmatic winter it has been thus far! Have a great day all!

  • Cole

    Still waiting on the “extreme cold” all the media was droning on and on about for the past few days. Nice January day today. Had the car washed and it did not turn into and ice cube like predicted on TV. Imagine that…

  • BaileyMan

    Hey all,
    Just looked over the long range charts and the pattern certainly is influx and in fact, so much so that the computers will have tremendous difficulty getting their mathematical models wrapped around the correct course at interpreting the varied facets and possible outcomes. At least for the next few days I believe. I confess my earlier prognostication indicating a snowier and colder pattern after the 17th is certainly not coming to fruition (at least until closer to the end of the month).
    Having said that, that does NOT mean that is cannot snow during the next week or 2. Tuesday AM looks like a wintry mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain/and rain likely changing to rain. Saturday may hold a chance of snow turning to rain in SNE and perhaps more snow up north in ski country.
    Anyway, I hope you all are well and I shall return to give my modest attempt at forecasting sometime before Tuesdays event. Have a great night all!

  • Stuart Neal

    Lets not blame global warming as the weather does run in cycles. I think Feb. will be the month of snow if you beleive in Henry H. of the accuweather team.. Also J.B. of the Weatherbell says the same thing about Feb.

    • Scotty41

      You really are pathetic of course there is global warming facts are facts ! So take your right wing agenda to FOX!

      • Stuart Neal

        Do some reading and have a opened mind.

    • Raider

      And we all know how often that clown at Accuweather is right.

  • Scotty41

    no one care Bman!!!!! you prejudice for snow is clear and rarely are u even close to right no one reads your blogs so dont bother wasting our time im positive everyone else whould agree with me and most dont want winter anyway

  • x-country

    Has there been a similar winter in the past and eventually a turnaround? I recall relatively snow less winters with storms heading out to the south of us but I think we still had the cold.

  • Rob Rose

    Really guys ?!?!? Take a look at how the solar cycles play into weather patterns in the winter…we are gearing up for a solar max and have had a record number of sun spots in Sept and Oct…this led to MAJOR CME’s…heating up the ionosphere and thus heating up the atmosphere…this has a correlation to a positive NAO and subsequent positive AO…if you know weather, you know that does NOT spell a snowy cold winter…the AO is about to go neg but not for long…we might get a couple of snow events this winter, but nothing great…expect warmer drier winter next year as we enter a solar max.

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