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Periodic Precipitation Possible Through the Weekend
But chances are slim for snow or ice

Dan Stillman @ 10:30 AM

After-Christmas shoppers will have to dodge a few different precipitation chances over the next few days including today. Despite this being December, roads will at worst be wet, as the air won't be cold enough for the frozen stuff. Snowlovers shouldn't lose hope, however, as a coastal storm presents the possibility (albeit slim) of frozen precip late Sunday into Monday. The early outlook is for uneventful weather New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighMostly cloudy, low 40s, rain likely. It's back to work for some folks, including us weather forecasters who have our eyes on a storm tracking up the Atlantic coast. Rain is likely during the late morning through early evening, and could be moderate to even heavy at times, especially from the District toward points south and east. Mostly cloudy skies should keep highs to the low 40s. Overnight, some breaks in the clouds with lows in the low-to-mid 30s (suburbs-city).


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighPartly cloudy, near 50, slight chance of a shower. A piece of energy in the upper atmosphere passing to the north may clip us with a sprinkle or brief shower. Greatest threat would be north of town, but even there the chance of precipitation is only about 30%. Similarly, the amount of clouds and sun will vary with more clouds to the north and more sun to the south. Highs near 50. Overnight, mostly clear with lows in the low-to-mid 30s (suburbs-city).


Forecast Confidence: MediumIncreasing clouds, mid-to-upper 40s, PM rain. A partly sunny start may make Friday look like a fine finish to the work week (for those of you unlucky enough to actually be working) as temperatures head for highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. By early afternoon, however, clouds are likely to increase as a storm system approaches from the west. Chances are decent for rain developing sometime during the afternoon and lasting into the evening. Overnight, rain ending with lows in the low 40s.

A Look Ahead

  • Saturday, it may be breezy behind the departing storm, especially early in the day. Skies should become mostly sunny with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s.
  • Sunday should start off dry with high pressure in control and highs on the way to the upper 30s to near 40. But there are some preliminary indications that a storm may form off the North Carolina coast and then move north. Should the storm develop and should it track close enough to the coast, the metro area, especially northern and western sections, could stand a chance of some frozen precipitation the latter part of Sunday into Monday. For now, any talk of snow or ice (or even rain for that matter) is merely speculation.
  • The early outlook for New Year's Eve calls for a slight chance of a sprinkle or flurry Monday night with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s (suburbs-city). On New Year's Day, the best guess right now would be for partly sunny skies and highs in the 40s.

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