Wintry Mess to Start Holiday Weekend, More Possible on Christmas

Trevor Jackson
December 22, 2017

At most a few flurries could reach Cleveland. However it will not feel much like winter Thursday.

- Snow arrives by midnight tonight. Highs will be in the 30s to near 40.

Snow will spread into New England from west to east Friday morning, starting first in western Massachusetts, Vermont, and southwestern New Hampshire.

- Cold enough for snow Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but will it?

On the first official day of winter we will be heading back to more seasonable numbers with highs in the upper-40s.

With the low to the southeast, temperatures will not get much of a boost from the counter-clockwise flow of air around the low. However, in Berkshire County, Franklin County, and northern Hampden and Worcester counties, ice accumulations of a quarter to half an inch are possible.

According to the weather service's 7-day forecast, the snow and sleet in Boston will likely turn to rain after 9 p.m. on Friday and continue through Saturday night.

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Friday: A 30% chance of snow. More snow is likely to the north.

Walker and Head both confirm there will be rain beginning Friday night and continuing into Saturday.

The freezing rain and ice will linger straight into Saturday across numerous colder communities of eastern Vermont, New Hampshire, and ME, while plain rain falls farther south as temperatures climb into the 40s and even 50s in some cases. Notice the warm air over the cold.

Once the fog clears, we will have sunny skies and little chance for rain! When exactly this system pulls off the coast is still up in the air as computer models are in disagreement.

Asked whether the precipitation could affect holiday travel plans, Ciemnecki said some rain will always reduce speeds, but, he added, "I don't think you're looking at people not being able to go where they need".

Travelers heading north to Dallas should bundle up because temperatures are expected stay mainly in the 40s. Just like with clipper systems in the past couple weeks, it looks like it will bring some widespread snow showers and then get the lake effect snow machine going again. The bigger story will be decreasing temperatures throughout the day on Christmas.

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