Warmer weather set to arrive as we head into the weekend. Highs today will hit the mid to low 40s just depending on where you are across the area. The warmest weather will likely be down to the southwest with the coolest weather to the northwest. This December we are running about 2.5 degrees colder than the 30 year average. While this won’t be a top ten coldest December the pattern looks to remain in place for January. This likely means January will run wetter and colder than the thirty year average. Let’s keep our fingers crossed
that we will finally see the long wave trough slide to our east by February. This would likely mean spring would arrive a little early with comfortable temperatures present before we get into the dog days of summer.
Looking at this week’s forecast, temperatures will steadily climb through Saturday before they plummet to end the year. Saturday we will have a good chance of hitting 50 degrees with no rain around. Sunday’s high will be reached in the morning with highs in the 40s. As a cold front passes we will see our temperatures drop sharply. Normally we would have a higher rain chance with a set-up like what we are seeing except a fast moving gulf low will slide to our south just ahead of our own front. This low will rob us of moisture and our front will slide by mostly dry. Some light rain turning over to snow cannot be overlooked with us actually expecting to see a light dusting of snow as we wake up on Monday.
Snow chances will continue through the day on Monday with a couple of flakes likely seen on your morning and evening commutes. Monday’s temp won’t change that much with highs reached at midnight and slightly colder weather sticking around for the day. The last day of the year is going to be a cold one with Tuesday highs of only 15°. Tuesday morning lows will fall to single digits. For the first time since 2002 first of the year temperatures could fall to single digits. We are forecasting a new year high of ONLY 18 with wake up lows near 0. Yikes! You may want to take your New Year’s Day activities inside to the warm.