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Weather Discussion

Tonight:  Clearing, colder. Lows: 18-24. Winds: Becoming light north.

Saturday:  A mix of sun and clouds, seasonably cool. Highs: 32-36. Winds: Light N/NE.

Saturday Night:  Increasing clouds with some late flurries or a light snow shower possible.  Lows: 24-30.  Winds: Light N/NE.

Sunday:  Mostly cloudy with some flurries, light snow shower possible.  A light coating possible in eastern areas.  Highs: 32-36.

Cloudiness overnight will finally give way to some clearing as marginally drier air works in via the northwest breeze.  Sunshine mixed with clouds Saturday means a quiet start to the weekend and it will end up being the brighter of the two weekend days.  Clouds increase again Saturday night.  A light northeast flow and the arrival of some Atlantic moisture combined with a weak impulse in the jet tracking through may trigger some flurries or light snow showers overnight into the day on Sunday.  Any accumulation will be very light and limited to a possible coating/dusting over eastern areas.

As we head into next week, the attention turns to a storm that develops over the Plains then tracks northeast into the Great Lakes as we approach Christmas.  A surge of warm air and rainfall ahead and east of the storm will push into New England starting Tuesday as a few light showers.  A few pockets of light freezing rain are possible in our normally colder northern valleys Tuesday as well.  Occasional mostly light rain or showers will continue into Wednesday before a plume of tropical moisture arrives.

Rain Christmas Eve day could be heavy at times as it turns very windy and mild.  Some street flooding is possible and wind gusts may be strong enough for some power outages.  The rain may end late Christmas Eve as a snow shower or flurries overnight.  Right now it looks like any and all precipitation will be done by dawn Christmas Day.  It’s blustery and colder with clouds and maybe some passing flurries during the day Thursday.  Keep in mind we are still nearly a week away from this storm hitting so the rain vs. snow potential and specifics are certainly still subject to change!

By the way, Winter begins on Sunday. The Winter Solstice takes place at 6:03 in the evening. Starting Monday the days will start getting longer!

First Warning Meteorologist Rick Sluben




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