How does waking up to temperatures near 60° sound on Christmas morning?? Unusual for southern New England–yes! In fact, we could even break some records. But in addition to the warm temperatures, holiday travelers will have some weather headaches this Christmas, as two areas of low pressure affect southern New England through Christmas Morning. Damp ocean air was already leading to low clouds and pockets of drizzle and showers this afternoon, with much more rain on the way. There is no hope for a “white Christmas” from these systems, as they will bring unseasonably warm air into southern New England along with a soaking rain. In fact, NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center has southern New England picking up 2-3″ of rain over the next few days.
Showers will become more widespread as we head into this evening and tonight, with off and on rain and drizzle likely on Tuesday. The first disturbance will approach southern New England late tonight and Tuesday with rainfall amounts through between 0.5″ and 1″, along with temperatures rising into the upper 40s to near 50.
The more potent storm will bring a widespread soaking and windswept rain Wednesday and Wednesday night. This storm has the potential to bring 1-3″ of rain and strong southerly wind gusts 35-50mph. Those southerly winds will push unusually warm air into southern New England, with temperatures in the upper 50s both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In addition, the Wednesday evening astronomical high tide will combine with the winds to lead to minor splash over flooding at the coast and Narragansett/Buzzards Bays.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Periods of rain Tuesday through early Christmas Morning
Heaviest Wednesday and Wednesday Night
Strong southerly wind gusts 35-50mph
Minor coastal Flooding Wednesday evening
Models are showing the rainfall ending Christmas morning by about 9am with clearing skies and windy, mild temperatures in the afternoon.