New Year's Eve Forecast, Long Range Concern

Looks Like A Nice Night To Make A Beast Of Yourself.... Storm In 10 Days?

New Year's Eve should be clear and cold. Not terrible cold, but 30s. You want to bring a jacket, but you may not have to wear a ski jacket if you plan on just running from the car to the tavern. Any showers we get today (and some are incoming) will be gone by 8 PM or so, although it will be rather breezy.

The long range forecast shows a relatively cold week, with highs only getting into the 30s Tuesday. Wednesday is forecast to be 25 degrees in Buzzards Bay. Things warm up into the 40s next weekend, but that is just a lead-in to a storm that is being forecast.

Monday, January 9th will start warm, but a pile of precipitation will come in. Temps will be near 50 at the start, but will plummet into the 30s as darkness falls. The precip will continue into Tuesday, January 10th, turning into snow. It won't be a lot of snow, maybe 3-4 inches. It could even end up as all rain. However, the winds will be howling in the 30s, with guts maybe reaching 70 mph.

Remember, snow totals aren't key to a blizz... uhm, the B word. You just need it to be snowing with winds over 35 mph. That makes for whiteout conditions and treacherous travel. No one will be looking back and remembering the 2012 Blizzard if we only get 3 inches of snow over 8 hours, but a little bit of temperature fluctuations will make everybody forget about that warm December with the quickness. It'll probably turn to rain anyhow.

We're 10 days from this storm, no Boston weatherpeople are mentioning it, but I saw the "snow, gusts to 71 mph" in the long range forecast, and I thought I'd let you know about it. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on