Wet Christmas Day likely as another storm approaches


While Christmas Eve started out with a little bit of snow blanketing the ground, Christmas Day is shaping up to be a wet one. A storm system will bring some rain starting during the wee hours of the morning. North of the city, a Winter Weather Advisory has been posted through the morning hours of Christmas Day as freezing drizzle will be a possibility.

The rest of the Christmas Eve should remain dry with temperatures at around 40 degrees. Showers will start to move in overnight and it will be plain rain for the vast majority as the temperature drifts upward through the lower 40s. To the north, temperatures could still be at the freezing mark or below. Any rain that falls in those areas could freeze upon contact with ground and cause some icing. Any freezing drizzle that occurs will be on the light side with around a glazing to 2 hundredths of an inch, but it will be enough to cause treacherous travel conditions on untreated surfaces.

Eventually, those areas will changeover the plain rain on Christmas morning. The steadiest rain may taper off by the middle part of the day, but the risk of additional showers may continue into the evening. Temperatures will climb to around 50 degrees.

The winds will kick up with gusts to around 25 mph on Sunday. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures in the mid 40s, but it may feel more like lower 30s late in the day due to the gusty breeze.
Next week features a few systems that could brush the region. For now, Monday looks dry, but a rain or snow shower cannot be ruled out late in the day. Temperatures will be around 40 degrees.

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