The very active weather pattern that has recently been in place shows no sign of slowing down as the cold front trailing the storm that dumped over two feet of snow on Maine passed through New York yesterday. Behind that front we have to contend with a raw Friday with brisk westerly winds, the temperature hovering around 40 degrees and possibly a few snow flurries in the afternoon.

Windy conditions will continue overnight and well into Saturday as there is a strong pressure gradient between the departing storm and the arriving high pressure system. Tomorrow's high will again be near 40, guaranteeing that December will be warmer than average. There is a slight chance that a shortwave disturbance passing overhead could produce a few rain showers around midnight but otherwise look for New Year's Eve to be windy and cool with a temperature in the upper 30s.

Another cold front passes on Sunday but that will be counteracted by deep upper-level ridging. That should result in a mostly sunny and warmer first day of 2017. Sunday's high should range from the mid 40s to near 50. The warm weather is expected to last a few days but it looks like we might be in for a long stretch of cooler weather starting late in the first week of 2017.