DAYS 1-5 (DECEMBER 31-JANUARY 4)
Arctic cold is reinforced for this final day of 2017 and the first couple days of 2018 as a healthy northerly air flow is in full control. Moderation arrives about January 3, allowing temperatures to be below normal, instead of much below normal. This will all be with dry weather other than the risk of a passing snow shower sometime New Year’s Day with a disturbance crossing the region. Although this threat is several days away, we’ve been watching for the evolution of an ocean storm around next Thursday. At this point I’m expecting 2 main areas of energy, the one offshore with the main storm, and another one coming across the Great Lakes, to not phase up in time to create a big winter storm here, but rather being missed or grazed by an ocean storm. So based on this idea, will carry a chance of snow on the day 5 forecast for Cape Cod but leave the remainder of the region dry for now.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs 8-13 except 13-18 Cape Cod. Wind N to NW 15-25 MPH, higher gusts. Wind chill will below 0 at times.
NEW YEAR’S EVE: Clear. Temperatures fall to 0-10. Wind N to NW 10-20 MPH, higher gusts. Wind chill often -5 to -15.
OVERNIGHT: Clear. Lows -8 to +3. Wind NW 5-15 MPH, higher gusts. Wind chill often -10 to -20.
MONDAY – NEW YEAR’S DAY: Mostly sunny. Highs 9-17. Wind NW 10-20 MPH, higher gusts. Wind chill often below 0.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny. Lows -5 to +5. Highs 10-20.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. Lows 0-10. Highs 15-25.
THURSDAY: Cloudy with a chance of snow favoring Cape Cod. Partly cloudy elsewhere. Lows -3 to +7. Highs 12-22.
DAYS 6-10 (JANUARY 5-9)
Snow or snow shower threats January 6 and 8 otherwise a very cold and mainly dry pattern during this 5-day period. Records may fall.
DAYS 11-15 (JANUARY 10-14)
Temperatures remain below normal but with at least a period of moderation possible. Winter storm threat may appear later in the 11-15 day period.