Mild spell leads to stormy weather ahead of Christmas

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(PIX11) -- Sunday will be a little brighter and therefore a little milder than today. The high should reach around 40.

The weather pattern changes starting Monday and it will get worse as the week goes on, at least until Christmas.

Clouds will thicken up on Monday with some rain on the way by late day or Monday night.

It won't be too heavy to start but once it gets going, it's likely to be with us, off and on, for several days.

Temperatures Monday and Tuesday will stay rather cool, only near or a little over 40.

The most dynamic changes will begin to occur Tuesday night into Wednesday and through Christmas Eve.

Moisture from the south and several storms from the west will combine into one large storm which will track up towards the St Lawrence Valley in Canada.

A track like that means we will be on the warm side of the storm so I'm not worried about wintry precipitation from this system.

However, we will get bucketfuls of rain and strong gusty winds blowing the rain sideways.

Travel by road, rail or in the air will be slow and filled with delays.

The way it looks now, temperatures could climb to near 60 with wind-driven rain and possibly some lightning and thunder.

When the storm leaves on Christmas Day, some sunshine will return but it will remain blustery and also turn much cooler.

More storms are lined up though so we may be dealing with more precipitation and rain every two or three days through the rest of the year.