The stormy pattern we have experienced the last couple of weeks has ended for the time being. We are in for a period of mostly dry and unseasonably cold conditions through this week as a strong northwesterly flow takes over. This will help to suppress unsettled weather to our south as cold air continually drains into southern New England.
A ridge of high pressure will build into southern New England New Years Eve. The first in a series of cold fronts is expected to move through northeast Massachusetts Tuesday morning which brings a reinforcing chunk of cold air out of Canada. The front will pass with little fanfare, although a widely scattered flurry cannot be ruled out. Otherwise, expect it to become colder behind this frontal passage.
This scenario will be repeated through the week and it will become quite cold the second half of the week as high temperatures will not get out of the 20s. The overnight lows from Tuesday night through Friday night will likely dip into the single digits for most of us, except low teens on the shore. Although we should see a fair amount of sunshine each day it will have little impact on warming temperatures.
Five Day Forecast:
Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy, breezy and cold. High temperatures in the low 30s. Winds west 10 to 15 mph, with some gusts to around 25 mph this afternoon.
New Years Eve: Mostly cloudy and not as cold. Lows in the mid to upper 20s. Winds west 8 to 15 mph.
New Years Day: Mostly cloudy, followed by increasing sunshine and breezy. Slight chance of an early flurry. Highs in the low to mid 30s. Winds west to northwest 10 to 15 mph. Gusts to 25 mph are possible.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear and quite cold. Lows tumble into the low and mid teens. Winds 10 mph or less.
Wednesday through Friday: Mostly clear to partly cloudy skies at times. Colder, with daytime highs in the mid 20s. Overnight lows in the low teens near the coast and 5 to 10 inland.