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Springfield weather: Dry and cold air returns tonight through Christmas

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The back door cold front that brought the chilly temperatures to eastern Massachusetts on Sunday pushed into the greater Springfield area today. Although temperatures are still above normal for this time of year we were significantly cooler from the 60s of Sunday.

Low pressure will pull away from southern New England tonight bringing the rain to and end early tonight. Skies begin to partially clear late night as colder air overspreads the Pioneer Valley. Then on Tuesday we wake to a much colder morning from what we experienced the last several days. Sunshine returns, although mixed with clouds at times. There will be little rise in temperatures as the colder air takes a firm hold.

An upper level disturbance will swing across to our south and may produce a few snow flurries late day or in the evening. Otherwise it continues cold Christmas Eve into Christmas Day as high pressure takes over and brings us dry but cold conditions that may continue into late week.

A note of interest was the record smashing temperature recorded at Westover Air Base on Sunday. The mercury reached 65 degrees which was 6 degrees above the old record of 59, set in 1990.

Travel in southern New England should be no problem Tuesday whether by road, rail or in the air. If your out doing last minute shopping the weather will cooperate with dry conditions.

72 Hour Outlook:

Tonight: Rain ends early, followed by colder temperatures and partially clearing skies. Low temperatures in the low to mid 20s. Northwest winds may gust to 25 mph.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and much cooler. Chance of a late day flurry. Highs only in the low 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Christmas Eve: An early flurry is possible, otherwise partly cloudy and turning even colder. Lows in the teens. Lighter northwest winds at about 5 mph.

Christmas Day: Bright sunshine and frigid. Highs only in the low to mid 20s.

Christmas Night: Partly cloudy and continued cold. Lows in the upper teens to 20 degrees.

Thursday and Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s to low 30s. Nighttime lows in the low to mid 20s.

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