Winter Washout Means Brown Christmas For Many New Englanders

Downtown Boston, Rain,

BOSTON, MA (AP) — 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. It reached a record high of 62 degrees in Concord, New Hampshire.

Winds were gusting to 55 mph on the coast.

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.

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