Low pressure rapidly developed overhead Christmas morning, yielding a quick burst of snow and a sudden, dramatic increase in winds over the area. A “stingjet” passed over the area giving us a brief period of 50 to 70 mph wind gusts, which resulted in plenty of downed trees and some widespread power outages spread throughout the entire area.
Behind Monday’s weather system, much colder air poured into the area and that cold air will only deepen over the region in the coming days. In fact, we are headed into an extended period of frigid weather…one that will rival some of our more impressive cold outbreaks in recent memory.
It’s possible we won’t see temperatures climb above 32F until sometime during the first full week of January.
A secondary surge of arctic air will move into the region on Wednesday and set up shop over the area into Thursday and Friday. During this period, daytime temperatures will likely hold in the teens and overnight lows will fall into the single digits.
If that weren’t enough, snow squalls are likely to develop as the bitterly cold air crosses the “mild” ocean waters, yielding some snow on parts of the Lower and Outer Cape Thursday.