Dec 31, 2015 11:35 PM
NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: January 1, 2016
NH1 Chief Meteorologist
Happy New Year everybody!
Now that December is is the books, what a December it was! The warmest December on record by a mile! 10 days were over 50 degrees. Only 4.4" of snow! Temperatures averaged 11 degrees above normal! Average high for the month was 38 degrees shattering the old record of 35.4 in 1891!
Very quiet weather for the next several days. We will be in and out of the clouds with partly sunny skies on average. Persistent NW winds will help to keep temps at seasonal norms, but also make for upsloping mountain snow showers across the White mountains Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes a few of these mountain snow showers may try to survive the trip over the mountains and provide flurries to lower elevations. It should be a good ski weekend over all considering the lack of snow. It will be nice to see some accumulating light snow in the mountains. By the end of the weekend, some north facing slopes could see up to 3-6" of snow!
We will be watching Sunday for an Arctic Front to push through. As it moves through it will come with a few snow showers or even snow squalls during the afternoon which could limit visibility and make for slick travel on mountain roads. Behind this front, Canadian High pressure will direct some of the coldest air of the season and drive it right into New England Monday and Tuesday. Skies will be sunny but highs will only be in the teens and Lwr 20's. Bitter wind chills in the single digits Monday. Monday night lows will be dropping into the single digits with temps below zero in the north country. High pressure will dominate the weather pattern for the first week of January with abundant sunshine and temperatures gradually moderating by midweek.