Good very early morning and Happy New Year 2019!!! Rain continues overnight, with temperatures bottoming out now in the mid 30s and rising to the 40s overnight. While it’s all rain now, the near half-inch of snow that fell earlier this evening – well, technically the snow that fell last year – still remains on grassy surfaces, and more importantly, still remains on roads. A slushy and slick mess will remain on the roads for the first few hours of 2019, as rain makes its way into the snow (and the sleet that fell during the transition to rain). Be very careful if out on the roads tonight! New Year’s plus slick roads is not a good combination, so if you need to travel, be ultra cautious.

The heavy rain overnight will end predawn, giving way to decreasing clouds for this first day of 2019. The high will be 52, and a high wind warning is in effect from 8 AM to 3 PM as winds will be southwest at 10 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph possible as winds shift to the west midday. Winds continue to shift to the northwest going into tomorrow morning, with a low of 17 and a northwest wind of 5-15 mph, gusting up to 20 mph.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny and 31, with a northwest wind at around 5 mph. Light northwest winds prevail Wednesday night, with partly cloudy skies and a low near 20; light snow is possible late that night into Thursday mid-morning.

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Any snow will give way to mostly sunny skies and a high near 35 Thursday, before increasing clouds take hold Thursday night with a low near 25. Friday will feature skies turning cloudy, a high near 43, and a chance of afternoon rain. Rain is possible Friday night, getting to near 35 degrees, before morning rain is possible Saturday, giving way to mostly cloudy skies and a high near 43.

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Happy New Year!!!

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 20 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am in my junior year at UMass Lowell as a meteorology major. I am the current Vice President of the UML American Meteorological Society Local Student Chapter. Prior to at UML, I attended the Dracut school system for my K-12 years, having graduated from Dracut High in 2018. I first got into weather with the December 2008 ice storm, which knocked out my electricity for 4 days. I had no idea how it could be raining and becoming ice immediately, and how rain can knock out power. (Now I do - warm layer aloft, cold air at surface). But I didn't really get into it until the heat of July 2010 and specifically a few severe weather events during that month, followed by the year 2011, which featured several high profile weather events. Since then I have had a growing interest, and am hoping to make it into the meteorology field, preferably with NOAA/NWS. But for now, I'm blogging here on Dracut Weather (also on Twitter and Facebook), helping with the UML Weather Center social media, and tweeting about the weather on my own account as well. Thanks for visiting!

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