Thursday Night, December 18, 2014
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson

The Ups and Downs of Late December

Clouds, clouds, clouds. It’s been cloudy most of the week, and it stays cloudy on Friday as we get set for some showers Friday night into Saturday morning. Rainfall will not be very impressive; most of us get less than a quarter inch by the time it ends midday Saturday.

Friday looks cool and dry for the most part, and you might even see more interesting clouds like these cool undulatus asperatus clouds we got a view of on Thursday! Clouds keep it cool; expect a high in the mid-40s with a light northeast wind.

Weekend Weather: Rain ends on Saturday morning leaving us dry for Saturday afternoon and the entirety of Sunday. Clouds even break up by Saturday afternoon allowing for a little sun; Sunday looks like a generally sunny, cool, dry day.

Wild Swings Next Week: Christmas week starts out mild: highs in the 50s and 60s with a gusty south breeze on Monday and Tuesday. Things change rapidly from Tuesday to Wednesday and Thursday!

Tuesday’s high close to 60 degrees is a brief warm-up. A strong cold front blows in here Tuesday night with a good chance of rain and a major cold air mass following. The chilly blasts in on Wednesday with a few flurries (no accumulation expected), but it does not last long! Just as quickly as it turns cold, it starts warming up a little for Thursday.

A big surge of warmer air moving in Christmas Night brings temperatures up close to 60 degrees again by Friday, and some scattered showers and storms become likely again as another cold front approaches from the north. Next weekend is looking colder again after that quick warm-up and rain event.

TONIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy and cold. Patchy fog where the sky temporarily clears. Low: 35. Wind: Light NE.

FRIDAY: Cloudy and cool. Scattered showers moving in before sunset. High: 48. Wind: NE 5-10. Rain: 30%.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Showers likely. Chilly. Low: 39. Wind: ENE 5-10. Rain: 60%.

SATURDAY: Rain ending early. Partly cloudy and cool. High: 49. Wind: NNW 7-14. Rain: 50% (before noon).

SUNDAY: Partly to mostly sunny. High: 52. Wind: SE 5-10.

MONDAY: Partly to mostly sunny. A little milder. High: 57. Wind: S 10-20. Rain: 10%.

TUESDAY: Becoming mostly cloudy. More showers and a few t’storms likely. High: 58. Wind: SW 10-20. Rain: 50%.

CHRISTMAS EVE (WEDNESDAY): Mostly cloudy, breezy and cold. Snow flurries possible (no significant accumulations). High: 42. Wind: NW 15-30. Snow: 20%.

CHRISTMAS DAY (THURSDAY): Partly sunny. Cool and dry. High: 51. Wind: SW 6-12.

FRIDAY: Cloudy and milder. Breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible. High: 62. Wind: S 10-20. Rain: 50%.

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