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Weather outlook for travel on Christmas looks good

Dave Hayes operates a daily blog on Facebook (facebook.com/WesternMassWeather), where he produces hyper-local reports, answers questions, and keeps more than 20,000 followers informed and educated about the weather.

Whatever and however you celebrate, I’m wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season this year!

It looks like the weather will cooperate and foster fairly uneventful driving conditions this upcoming weekend, save for a few showers of rain or snow. As I’m fond of saying from time to time, no big whoop!

We’ve got a few frontal boundaries moving through the region over the next week, but none of them promises to deliver much in the way of inclement or impactful weather, especially after the sizable snowfall we received the other day. I heard some folks received almost a foot in southern Vermont!

For Wednesday, a frontal boundary will move through with the potential for a few rain or snow showers in the higher terrain. It will be fairly moisture-starved, and skies should be partly sunny on average with highs in the mid 30s, and lows in the low 20s.

For Thursday, a slightly more robust system will move through northern New York and into northern New England. Since the best lifting mechanisms will be to our north, we can expect a period of snow showers in the morning, which may mix with and change to rain in the lower elevations.

Highs will be in the 30s, and some areas may get a coating of snow. Lows will be in the low to mid 20s, with any precipitation quitting after sunset.

Friday through Christmas Day looks fair. High pressure will be scooting off the mid-Atlantic coast to our south, and allow a warmer southwest wind to blow in our direction. We should generally see partly to mostly sunny skies on average through this period, although Christmas Eve may produce some clouds and a few showers.

Highs should average near 40 degrees, and lows will be in the 20s.

By early next week, we could see some more light shower activity as another disturbance approaches from the west. Milder, more seasonable temperatures can be expected through the end of the year.

By early to mid January, it looks like we’ll be heading back into winter weather.

Happy holidays, and safe travels to you!

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Originally published in The Commons issue #388 (Wednesday, December 21, 2016). This story appeared on page A4.

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