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Sunshine Returns but Chill Lingers
Weekend Looks Cloudy and Damp

Josh Larson @ 11:15 AM

In marked contrast to yesterday's clouds, we'll look for partly to mostly sunny conditions both today and Friday, though temperatures will remain somewhat on the chilly side with highs in the mid 40s. Unfortunately, the weekend looks like it might turn out damp and dreary -- via an onshore flow -- with periodic bouts of rain probable.


Confidence: HighSunshine returns. Behind a cold front that pushed through the region late yesterday, we'll look for plenty of sunshine today with high temperatures in the mid 40s in most places. Clear and cold overnight, with lows ranging from the mid 20s to near freezing downtown.


Confidence: HighPartly sunny. High pressure overhead will provide us with partly sunny conditions on Friday, though clouds will likely increase during the second half of the day; expect highs in the mid 40s. Expect mostly cloudy skies with some drizzle possible Friday night, with lows in the mid to upper 30s.

The Weekend

Confidence: HighDamp and dreary. The presence of a nearby area of low pressure, which will lead to a cloud-producing easterly flow for our region, coupled with an approaching cold front will conspire to keep most of the weekend cloudy and damp. We'll see mostly cloudy skies on Saturday with a few showers possible and highs likely in the upper 40s. Drizzle and a few showers are likely Saturday night, with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s downtown. Despite thick overcast, highs on Sunday could approach 60 degrees along with periods of rain -- especially during the second half of the day. A lingering shower is possible overnight, with lows in the upper 30s.

A Look Ahead

  • As high pressure builds back in on Monday, it should be mostly sunny and breezy with seasonable high temperatures in the mid 40s.
  • Christmas Day looks cloudy with the chance of some form of precipitation -- see below -- with highs probably in the mid 30s to low 40s.

Will Christmas be White or Wet or Neither?

For several days now, models have suggested that a fairly pronounced storm system will develop in the South and move northeast sometime between Tuesday (Christmas Day) and Thursday of next week. The key questions relate to track, timing and whether or not there'll be enough cold air in place for frozen, instead of liquid, precipitation. Unfortunately computer models haven't sorted out enough of the details yet to answer this question with any confidence. Hopefully some clarity should develop by this weekend as to the holiday forecast. Climatologically, rain is more likely than snow, but some of the most recent model runs suggest at least the potential for a white Christmas (or day after)! Stay tuned...

Pictured: A first look at how the weather may turn out on Christmas; Courtesy

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