In the grand scheme of things this week is going to be quite tranquil leading up to Christmas morning.
After the wide swings in temperature and types of precipitation over the weekend, a few days of calm weather is a welcome change.
Today we find high pressure from Canada taking control of the weather. This means dry and cold conditions. Today looks like the coldest day of the next seven or perhaps longer. The air mass over us contains temperatures below average, but the lows will not be as bitter as last week when many areas dropped down to near zero.
The wind overnight dried most of the roads, so I am not worried about icy conditions. That said, there could be some icy spots where a puddle or two froze overnight.
Sunshine will be plentiful the first half of this week. Temperatures will also moderate with more melting. We lost much of the snow cover yesterday, and a white Christmas in greater Boston just isn't in the cards. There have been less than 10 of those since 1872, so this isn't really surprising.
Thursday a weather system will bring some rain. If the precipitation arrives early enough there might be some icy stuff away from the coastline, but I will not be sure of this until we get closer.
The upcoming weekend is looking dry with Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah falling on Saturday. As you head to friends and family to celebrate, I don't anticipate any problems, weather-wise.
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Monday: Mainly sunny and chilly. Highs in the 20s.
Monday Night: Clear and cold. Lows 10-16.
Tuesday: Lots of sunshine. Highs in the low to mid-30s.
Wednesday: Sunshine. Highs in the 40s.
Thursday: Rain develops — but it may begin as mixed precipitation. Highs in the lower 40s.
Friday: Mostly sunny and seasonable. Highs around 42.
Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs 40-45.
Sunday (Christmas Day): Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 41-47.