Fall Ends Quietly
Saturday brings the end to the autumnal equinox, and without fanfare. High pressure and mostly sunny skies appear to rule the day. Temperatures top out in the 20s for most of the region. An east/northeast wind develops in the afternoon which may bring some snow showers / flurries to the coastal areas. Accumulations may be enough to dust surfaces to perhaps as much as a half inch for extreme southern York County.
A Wet & Wild Christmas Likely
Guidance is still having all kinds of fun trying to solve what will happen midweek, but at this point all are in agreement that this appears to be a liquid precipitation event for all areas. What snow pack is left over interior areas is likely in jeopardy to melt. The jury is still out on how much this will impact ski country for now. For folks travelling Christmas Eve night, expect a nasty windswept rain. Concerns for flooding are possible with this event, as well as coastal impacts. The set up is looking somewhat similar to the 1994 Christmas Nor’Easter with Fujiwhara style effect, tropical characteristics, and polar attributes.
While Christmas Eve & night appear to be a wet one, concern remains for Christmas Day as cold air works into the region after the frontal passage. Temperatures appear to drop all day, and the threat for freezing and wrap-around snow showers are possible. Coastal areas will see astronomical high tides also through the period, and with a strong southeast wind pushing the ocean water toward land, minor storm surge, flooding, splash over, and beach erosion are possible at the times of high tide.
There is still a lot of details to figure out with this event. Please check back for updates over the weekend.
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