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Boston weather, metro north and west: Much colder Christmas Eve/Day

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One would think with the two snow events we had last week that a white Christmas was all but a sure bet. Well, what a difference a week can make as most of the winter wonderland has been flushed into the drains or simply melted away over the last several days. As we make final preparations for the Christmas Holiday we can look to the sky and not worry about any weather interruptions Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Low pressure has moved away from the area and we are left with a colder air mass in its wake. Cold air has been overspreading the area since late last night and it will continue to do so through today, tonight and Christmas Day. Cloudiness through the morning will be stubborn to break up and move out but there should be periods of sun this afternoon. Could there be one last final chance for a white Christmas? Unfortunately, not this year, not locally anyway.

Although an upper level disturbance will pass south of the area later today and Christmas Eve, perhaps dropping a few snow flurries across parts of Connecticut, locally it will be a dry and cold wintry night as we await Santa’s arrival. High pressure will maintain fair skies on Christmas Day but with much below normal temperatures as we will not get out of the 20s for daytime highs.

Low pressure skirts across southern Quebec Thursday and drops a cold front through here. There does not appear to be much moisture associated with this system but it will bring plenty of clouds with just a chance of a rain or snow shower.

High pressure returns by Friday and so does the cold and blustery conditions. Fair weather should last into Saturday as well.

72 Hour Outlook:

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy this morning, becoming partly cloudy by this afternoon. Colder. High temperatures in the low to mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Christmas Eve: Mostly cloudy and much colder. Lows in the teens. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Christmas Day: Mostly sunny and even colder. Highs only in the low to mid 20s. Lighter northwest winds at less than 10 mph.

Christmas Night: Increasing clouds. Lows in the low 20s. Winds near calm.

Thursday and Thursday night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Chance of a rain or snow shower. Highs in the mid 30s. Nighttime lows in the mid to upper 20s.

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