Dec. 31, 2003 – Look for scattered showers as you ring in the new year, advised Walter Snell, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Juan.
"Clumps of unstable air have formed, and we're getting scattered showers," Snell said.
Expect the showers to continue through Friday. The rains should lighten up by then, but Virgin Islands residents could see an occasional shower after that.
The winds, however, will continue for at least the next 10 days, Snell said. "They might subside today, but they'll be up again Friday."
He said that winds, coming out of the northeast, should run 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20.
On Tuesday the National Weather Service recorded winds of up to 45 mph in St. Thomas and 39 mph at Maria Hill in St. Croix.
The swells on the north- and northeast-facing coasts seen all week will continue. Snell said they're now at nine to 10 feet and will not go below six to seven feet anytime soon.
"It's rough out there," he said.
The National Weather Service has posted high surf advisories for north coasts on all islands.
Although the temperatures will remain cool in the V.I., expect the mercury to creep up a bit over the next few days.
"It's cool, but it's winter time. And there's nothing to shovel today," Snell said, referring to the snow frequently found on the mainland at this time of the year.
At Weather Station Zephyr in Coral Bay, St. John, sunrise temperatures ran 67 degrees on Wednesday, 70 degrees on Tuesday and 66 degrees on Monday.

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