No snow for a while but a big chill is on the way

7:33 PM, Dec 30, 2012   |    comments
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Well, that was an active couple of days in the weather department, eh? (In meteorology saying a pattern is "active" is the equivalent of listing your personality as "vivacious" on a dating website; what it really means is "totally crazy.")

If you love snow I have some good news for you: The 15"+ most of us picked up since Thursday won't be melting any time soon with some arctic air on the way. If you hate snow I have some good news for you: We won't get any more for at least 7 days. See, I'm sly like that...a politician in the making really.

Tonight: Rapid clearing is taking place as last evening's storm spins away to our northeast. (By the way, that low was an absolute BOMB between 6 PM and 6 AM. One of the most rapidly strengthening systems I've ever seen.) The entire state will transition to mostly clear skies by midnight and that will allow temperatures to fall off in a hurry. A general range will be 0-10 F for overnight lows but the mountains will dip below zero by Monday morning.

Monday: Mostly sunny along the coastline, partly cloudy in the mountains, windy everywhere. Northwest winds will continue to blow in at about 15 MPH, so that will add an extra bite in the air. Actual air temperatures will end up around 30 near the coastline but more like 20 over northern and western Maine. There could be a spotty afternoon snow shower in the mountains, but most of them should hold off until the evening.

New Year's Eve: A weak cold front will sweep through the mountains so snow showers are likely there, meanwhile the rest of the state will be mostly cloudy overnight. It will be chilly, but not brutally cold, overnight lows will end up in the teens and low 20s with most of us around 20 F when the ball drops. 

Cold air starts to filter in on New Year's Day but the really bitter stuff won't arrive until the afternoon so look for a partly sunny day with temperatures in the mid to upper 20s.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday night, however, look frigid. Overnight lows will be between 0-5 F along the coastline, -10-0 across the interior and -20 to -10 in the mountains. Brrrr.

I don't see much in the way of precipitation in the long range. A few snow showers on Friday maybe but no Nor'easters. Overall our pattern looks fairly flat for a while without the diving jet stream needed for big storms. And you know what? I don't want to hear a peep out of you snow lovers about it. :-)

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