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We’ve arrived at that time honored rite of passage where the first Conditions update of the year is issued. For relative newcomers, these updates are delivered during periods of adverse weather to include any and all advisories and warnings that are handed down by the national weather prophets. In recent years, in the relentless pursuit of increased ratings, enhanced sensationalism and general chaos, weather celebrities and even a handful of actual meteorologists have taken to naming every passing cloud. For our purposes, we’ll stick to what is actually occurring and go from there.

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. today through 7 a.m. Tuesday. Advisories are issued when snow conditions are expect to be reasonably certain yet light; in this case, 2” – 4” is scheduled to fall as a system rolls over the Cape on its way south.  Winds are forecasted to be in the range of 10 – 25 mph range with gusts topping out at 35 while temperatures look to hover between 24 and 35. In essence, we’re looking at a garden variety winter day on the Cape in spite of the feigned shivering and utter dismay most likely exhibited by your local weather specialist.

Happy New Year!