Dec 27, 2015 7:03 AM
Weather Insider with Cyrena Arnold for Dec. 27, 2015
We are entering a very active weather pattern and it's finally going to start feeling like winter!
Before winter makes its late arrival, we are going to see rain move into the area early Sunday morning. This rain could be heavy at times and we are expecting rain totals between 1/4 and 1/2 inch by Sunday afternoon. We will see a break in the rain Sunday afternoon as temperatures reach the mid 40's and lower 50's, but may see a passing shower or flurry in the evening. Monday will be clear and sunny, but much cooler with temperatures in the 30's with a strong wind from the north.
We start to see big changes move in on Monday evening and into Tuesday with our first real snowfall of the season. For all locations, the precipitation will start as snow but it will slowly change over to sleet or rain as the day warms up for locations in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Snow accumulations are going to vary across the region due to the warm ground temperatures and how much snow is melted by the rain that could follow it at the end of the day. We expect 4-8 inches to fall on Tuesday, but final accumulation totals could be anywhere from zero in warmer places to 8 inches in those places that are able to stay cold.
We get a break on Wednesday from the snow and will see partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 30's and lower 40's. Our next chance for rain moves in on Wednesday night into Thursday. Once that moves out of the area we will see partly to mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 30's and low 40's to bring in the New Year!