Tuesday, December 17 Forecast Discussion

Another beautiful, sunny day with temperatures today in the lower 60s area wide. We will see a cold night tonight, but not as cold as the last couple as we should bottom out just above freezing, which is where our lows on Thursday morning will also start. Temperatures tomorrow will be very similar to today for highs as high pressure passes to our north, which will keep winds from the north trying to limit how warm we get. This area of high pressure will move to our east by Thursday and start a bigger warm up and also return moisture, which will send clouds back starting on Thursday.

As moisture and warmer air continues to build over the region on Friday, we could see some scattered showers develop through the day. This will be well in advance and not associated with the cold front that will stall to our northwest on Friday and arrive late Saturday.

Saturday will see some scattered showers for the first part of the day, but things chance in the afternoon and evening as an upper level low approaches, and as it does, will move an area of low pressure at the surface and the cold front stalled to our north through the area. With the ample moisture and warm air in place, strong environmental winds, and plenty of upper level support, this system is becoming increasingly worrisome for the weekend. We could see strong to severe storms develop with threats of damaging winds and tornadoes likely. Since this will be a very busy weekend, it is important that you remain weather aware through the weekend.

Rain will come to an end by midday Sunday with slow clearing through the afternoon and temperatures falling. Sunshine should return Monday and Christmas Eve with temperatures near normal in the lower to middle 50s.

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