Thursday December 26, 2013 | 10:37 AM
Posted by David Epstein

I hope you had a nice Christmas and got a chance to relax, spend time with family or whatever makes the day off special.

Let me start the forecast by talking about the weekend.  Temperatures Saturday and Sunday are going to break the freezing mark and with clouds and sunshine, this is going to be a nice weekend to be outside.   

Across ski country, there is plenty of snow and while it will be colder in the mountains, temperatures won't require you to bundle up excessively.   All in all, the final weekend of 2013, will go down in the books as about as nice as one could hope for in December.

With that part of the forecast out of the way, let's talk about some today's snow.  First, it's a work day for many, but school is out and traffic will be lighter than usual.  However,  around shopping areas cars will be in abundance and any snow can make things a bit trickier.

The good news is I am not expecting this to amount to a major storm.  Generally  one to three inches is likely with a bit more along the coast east of Portland.   It's going to be cold today, so the snow will be light and fluffy.  The snow ends around or just after dark today.

This mini weather system quickly exits the region tonight and returns to us the sunshine for Friday.  Temperatures will be in the lower 30s on Friday with some melting of the snow.

You know about the weekend forecast , so let's jump ahead to next week.  Monday and Tuesday .  The final two days of the year look cold and dry, with New Year's Eve seeing temperatures falling through the teens in to the single numbers midnight.  In other words, it's going to be a cold First Night and one which you will need to bundle up the kids if you are going to be walking outside enjoying some of the great festivities many cities and towns have.

 

The models show the only potential storm in the next 10 days to happen around the 3rd. However this far off, while there will be something that likely develops, we just can't say how it will or if it will impact the area.  Often the models see the idea of storm, but the potential track is so wide, it could be rain, snow or go out to sea.   It's something for me to keep watching over the next week and by continuing to see how the models handle the potential evolution of any storm, I can gain a better handle on the eventual forecast if it does hit the somewhere in New England.  

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David Epstein has been a meteorologist for more than 25 years. He spent 16 years in Boston and currently freelances at WGME13 in Portland.

In 2006, David founded GrowingWisdom.com, a business producing educational and marketing videos for the green industry. He currently is a professor at Framingham State College, teaches Jan Plan at Colby College and owns Bloomscapes Inc., a landscape design business.

David authored "Gardens Of New England" and his work has been published in Grolier's Science Annual for 10 years. He lives in South Natick, Mass., and has a summer home in Harpswell.

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