Christmas travel plans see drop in gas prices, but possibility of rainy weather threatens

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(PIX11)-- Improvement was ever so slight across the area but at least the mercury got into the mid 30’s today.

On the bright side, the average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.

From this point on, the weather will begin to deteriorate; slowly at first but eventually leading up to rather stormy conditions on Wednesday into Wednesday night. It might be a good idea to think about early travel plans and beat the Wednesday storm.

Clouds will be the rule on Monday though there may be a few breaks like today. Spotty light precipitation may also occur in the form of flurries, sprinkles or a touch of freezing drizzle. The chance of rain getting a little steadier begins to increase Monday night into Tuesday.

By Tuesday night into Wednesday, heavier rain is approaching and it will be accompanied by strong south/southeast winds gusting over 40 mph. Expect the rain to be blowing sideway as you try to navigate your way along the city streets or driving anywhere in the tri-state region.

One good thing about this storm is its inland track so we will be on the mild side. In other words, temperatures will be soaring through the 50’s into the 60’s. There may even be some rare lightning and thunder during the height of the storm Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day will see the rain ending early with clearing during the afternoon. It will be windy but highs should be up around 50.

Friday & Saturday appear to be quiet and seasonably cool. However, the next storm may be taking shape by the end of next weekend and as of now, that too may be primarily rain.