A milder start to Winter
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:14:42 GMT —
One last frigid day is on tap as temps and wind combine to deliver another raw day. The bright spot is some sunshine is in the forecast. Skies will be partly cloudy with highs in the mid and upper 20's. Wiinds will blow from the west at 10 - 20mph delivering windchills in the teens much of the afternoon. Layer up again!
Overnight will be partly cloudy and cold with lows in the mid 20's and some wind. After some early sunshine Thursday clouds will stream in and skies will become mostly cloudy by afternoon. It will again be windy, but temps will finally get above normal for the first time since December 5th when we hit 61 degrees. Highs will top out near 40 degrees.
The models have been all over the place these last few days. I've seen some blogs calling for Snowmagedon for the last day of fall and first weekend of winter. As of the latest run my favorite computer solutions are calling for liquid rather than solid precip:( Scattered showers should develop Thursday night and continue into the day on Friday with highs in the mid 40's. Saturday should start out with a light wintery mix changing to widespread rain with highs in the upper 30's to near 40 degrees. It looks like the rains will mix with some wet snowflakes overnight and into early Sunday morning when heavier rains prevail with highs again in the upper 30's. It's still early, but if the latest data pans out, verifies, it looks like these rains will largely eat a good portion of the healthy snowpack on the ground away and we may be raising some flooding concerns by the end of the pre-Christmas weekend. We'll continue to scrutinize the data and continually update our forecasts into this busy shopping weekend here and on-air.
With all of that being said we look to head back into the Big Chill early next week and stay fairly cold through Christmas and beyond.
Make it a great day!