Arctic Air Retreats This Week

By Meteorologist Joe Joyce, WBZ-TV

Cold high pressure sits over this morning with clear skies and frigid early morning temperatures Below zero in the northern valleys, single digits in the suburbs, and teens and 20’s at the coast. Ocean effect clouds remain in place across SE MA. High pressure sits over us today providing calm conditions, but as it pulls off shore this afternoon, light east winds at the surface may begin to direct some of this low cloudiness in land.  These low clouds may deposit a few flurries in spots this afternoon. So I expect sunshine to hold for the tailgaitors, but clouds will be increasing this afternoon just in time for kickoff with high temps near 30. Fresh new snow on the ground will help to refrigerate the cold air to help keep temps mainly below 32…excluding the south coast & Cape. Just an awesome ski day with Bluebird skies and PP/PDR and wide open terrain.

Speaking of the south coast and Cape…Wow! Intense banding yesterday afternoon dropped a foot of snow in many communities from Buzzards Bay to Cape Cod. Roads are still a bit slippery out there so please use caution when driving on these side roads and bends. Here are the snow totals from Saturday’s snowfall

Clouds will continue to thicken tonight with light SE winds. Light spotty precipitation and fog may try to form around dawn. Temps will hold steady overnight in the 20’s, but be cold enough down at the ground that we could see pockets of freezing drizzle in time for the AM commute in western MA, SW NH, Worcester hills. The rest of us will see and overcast/fog Monday with light SSE winds gradually warming temps into the 40’s by afternoon. Cold air will hold on longer across the north keeping temps in the 30’s. Showers may bein to push into western New Engl;and by the end of the day.

A cold front will sweep through Monday night with a slug of rain and wind. Winds from the south could briefly gust to 40 mph. It will be a mild overnight with lows holding in the 30’s and 40’s. The front will push off the coast at dawn Tuesday with clearing skies and a mild WSW wind on the back side. Temps will remain mild Tuesday in the 40’s and Lwr 50’s before another front pushes through Tuesday night with building high pressure for the midweek, returning a cooler flow from the NW and temps in the Lwr 40’s with plenty of sun from Wednesday into Thursday.


  • WeatherWizard

    Thank you Joe.

  • Kevin

    Hi Joe Thank You for the blog,Do you see us getting more snow storms in the coming weeks? Enjoy the game

  • Stuart Neal

    Hi Joe, Just a few notes–M.H. on accu. Is still calling for a wild Feb., as he puts it.Most of the followers of M.H. really are hard on him when he makes any long range forecast and even J.B. on Weatherbell states Feb. will be real cold and stormy. Do you see any of what they are saying? Have a good day.

  • ash77

    Anyone have any thoughts on how long this pattern for the upcoming week looks to last? In an ordinary yr we could call this a January thaw, but you have to have a consistent winter first!

    • Matt Souza

      tuesday will be the warmestday in the upper 40s but after that high 30s to low40s. look for a possible later in the week. there could be two storms that give wintery precipitation . expect alot of the snow thats on the ground to melt. areas south of the pike should keep a snow pack. north of the pike is questionable

      • David White

        Thanks Matt: It will be interesting to see how much snow melts

      • David White

        Thanks Matt:

        I should think the warm rains later tomorrow would wash or melt away the snow pack, unless you think the snow will merely absorb the rain, and become a massive cement block with the subsequent freezing temps.

  • David White

    Thanks Joe and ash77. I agree we need more winter before a proper January thaw, but let’s take what we get. CPC outlooks for the remainder of January and the month of February call for above normal temps in Southern NE, with equal chances for above or below in Northern New England. Of course much will depend on AO and NAO activity. Wouldn’t it be funny if the ground hog saw his shadow on February 2 (six more weeks of winter) and the NAO and AO were to go negative by then and create the infamous Greenland high and blocking–six more weeks of winter; last year’s similar block lasted about that long during the first half of the winter. Still lthe sun is getting higher and days longer, so below normal temps would be a bit more tolerable than in December or January..

  • JimmyJames

    Thanks Joe. Hopefully more snow later next week.

  • man-o-wx

    Three words. Winters is over! We had about a week of it The great non-winter of 2011-12. It was an easy call given the Fall warmth. But dont tell that to Barry.

  • andrew mazz

    Joe i was looking at the 12z Euro and it showed a pretty sizeable storm for saturday night in to sunday do you think its something to watch?

  • andrew

    EURO is showing a sizable storm starting next Saturday nigh and ending midday Sunday do you think its something to watch

  • man-o-wx

    This is arctic air? The mets must be lowering the standard or in terms of temperature is that raising the standard? Global warming!

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