Winter Washout Means Brown Christmas for Many New Englanders

December 21, 2018 - 10:17 am

(AP & WTIC 1080) - The first day of day of winter is bringing soaking rain and warm temperatures, eliminating snow in New England and dashing hopes for a white Christmas for millions.

Mark Bloomer from the National Weather Service says some parts of Maine will see more than 2 inches of rain expected Friday, along with temperatures topping 50 degrees in many places. Even in northern Maine, the temperature will be approaching 50 degrees.

Adding to the misery will be winds gusting to 55 mph on the coast.

A coastal flood warning in effect during high tides along Connecticut shoreline. Milford Mayor Ben Blake says residents will be alerted by a city-wide siren, as well as a reverse 911 message that was sent to residents.

Flood watches were issued for parts of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Rain and snowmelt could push rivers over their banks.

The rain will give way to sunny skies in some areas on Saturday, but cooler temperature won't return on Sunday.