The weekend’s unusually balmy weather will give way to a more seasonal chill over the next few days with a cold front moving in, according to the National Weather Service.
Worcester, Providence, and Hartford broke or tied temperature records with readings in the 60s Sunday, according to the Weather Service, while temperatures in Boston hovered in the low 50s.
A freezing rain advisory was issued from 4:30 p.m. Sunday through 11 a.m. Monday for areas including northern Worcester, central Middlesex county, and western Essex County, though the advisory could be extended, Weather Service meteorologist Matt Doody said Sunday night.
As the temperatures dropped to the freezing point or below, Sunday’s fog and rain turned to freezing rain in northern and Central Massachusetts, Doody said.
“We generally had a few patches [of freezing rain], but it wasn’t as widespread as previously thought,” he said.
Meanwhile, in northern New England, ice built up on tree limbs and brought down power lines Sunday, leaving thousands of homes and businesses in Vermont and Maine without electricity.
In Vermont, about 16,000 customers had lost power by Sunday afternoon, and the Red Cross opened a shelter at the high school in Enosburg Falls.
In Maine, icy conditions spread farther south than originally anticipated, and there were about 8,000 outages by late Sunday morning.
Some areas were expected to get significant snowfall, while others could see up to an inch of ice.
Temperatures remained above freezing in most of New Hampshire, but the state Emergency Operations Center was open to monitor the situation.
In Massachusetts, Monday’s temperatures are expected to be in the mid-40s with rain, possibly into the evening, Doody said.
National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley said the springlike weekend was a bit of good luck.
“Generally, the normal high temperature for this time of year is 39 to 40 degrees and we’ve been well above that, so this is a bonus before Christmas to experience these kind of temperatures,” Foley said.
But, he said, “There’s always an end to all good things.”
The stretch of above-normal temperatures will end Monday night. “Tuesday will be in the lower 30s — in spite of the sunshine, temperatures will be held down and this cold air mass is going to come in to take us,” Foley said.
Tuesday will also prove blustery, with expected 25-mile-per-hour wind speeds, according to the Weather Service.
Temperatures will drop even lower — into the mid-teens — Tuesday night.
“The present for Christmas is going to be sunny skies but cold, with high temperatures only in the mid-20s,” Foley said of Wednesday’s forecast.
And no white Christmas this year. “White Christmas is considered snow on the ground and what snow cover we had disappeared with the milder temperatures,” he said.
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