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The Week Ahead: Wet or White Christmas?

Jason Samenow @ 2:00 AM

Remarkably quiet weather will be the rule for the next six days until the approach of Santa's Sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Daily Details

After a weak cold front passes through the area this morning, cool high pressure will build in from the west beginning this afternoon and lasting through Thursday, meaning a fair amount of sunshine throughout the period but slightly below average temperatures. Expect highs in the low 40s. Overnight lows will be very chilly ranging from the low to mid 20s downtown to 15-20 in the suburbs.

By Friday and Saturday, temperatures should begin to moderate a bit with high pressure centered to our south and directing more southerly winds into the region. Highs may approach 50 Friday, and 50-55 on Saturday. No precipitation is expected until possibly Saturday night as a storm system approaches from the west. The precipitation would likely start as rain.

On Sunday, the storm system will move through the area, bring cooler temperatures (in the 40s) and a continuing chance of rain showers. By evening there is a slight chance temperatures will be cold enough for the precipitation to end as snow, but I wouldn't bet on it (see Snow Lover's Crystal Ball below). I'd caution the nature, timing and intensity of this storm system are all very uncertain.

Pictured: The sun sets in Oakton yesterday evening. Photo by photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Snow Lover's Crystal Ball

Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Sunday, December 25
Probability: 10%
Potential Impact:
Commentary: On the back edge of the storm system passing through, enough cold air may trickle in to change any lingering precipitation to snow. But I'm not at all optimistic about the chances of a White Christmas.

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