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Forecast: Rain Expected Through Christmas Morning

If you hate winter, Mother Nature's Christmas gift is a big win this year. But if you're a winter outdoor enthusiast, the upcoming forecast is like a lump of coal in your stocking.

Rain is in the forecast through Christmas morning, and some of the rain might be heavy at times. A rumble of thunder is also possible as upper-level energy associated with a powerful jet stream moves across the region.

When the rain is finally over later Christmas Day, most areas will have seen close to 2 inches of rain with some isolated places seeing 3 inches. In turn a few spots that miss the heavier downpours will fall closer to an inch of rain. These amounts are significant, but not flood producing.

Winds will increase on Christmas Eve and be quite gusty at times into Thursday. I don't expect the winds to be strong enough to create major power outages, but some places could see a downed tree or two causing isolated issues.

There is a coastal flood advisory already in place for some minor splash over and beach erosion at the time of high tides today. This might be extended into tomorrow as well.

As the last in a series of low-pressure areas consolidates and moves into, Canada skies will quickly clear Christmas, leaving us with a nice day on Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will be mild and if you got a set of new golf clubs for Christmas, you might want to head to one of the open courses to try them out.

Colder weather may be proceeded by a bit of rain or snow Sunday. More on this later this week.


Tuesday: Periods of rain and some fog. Fog may be thick in places early. Highs in the mid 40s.

Tuesday night: Cloudy and mild. A few showers with lows of 38 to 44.

Wednesday: Periods of rain developing. Some rain may be heavy along with a chance of a thunderstorm. Highs of 48 to 54.

Wednesday night: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Very mild with lows around 50.

Thursday: Morning rain ending. Breezy and balmy with highs of 55 to 60.

Friday: Sunny with a high near 45.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high of 45 to 50.

You can follow David’s weather updates on Twitter at @growingwisdom.

David Epstein Twitter Meteorologist
David Epstein is WBUR's meteorologist.

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