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.



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