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December 18, 2014 Updated: 4:00 AM

A mostly cloudy start to Thursday and with the extra cloud cover overnight, temperatures have remained about 10° above average in the upper 10s to low 20s. Expect a typical December day with decreasing clouds.

It has been about a week and a half since we saw sunshine. It FINALLY looks like the clouds will break up and the sun will be shining...but it will not be clear blue sky and abundant sun, just clouds and sun. But, after 10 days of overcast skies, we'll take it, right?

High pressure is sitting to our north keeping the dry weather in place. Temperatures today will be near normal, which for this time of year is in the mid 20s. Overall a quiet day and the next few days look similar. If you are getting the holiday shopping completed or getting an early jump on holiday travel, it looks like today through Saturday will be great! There will be some changes by the end of the weekend, though so if you are planning to travel Sunday through about next Wednesday, you'll want to keep an eye on the changing forecast!

Back to the short term (and quieter weather). Both Friday and Saturday will be dry. A mix of sun and clouds anticipated Saturday with highs around freezing. Cloud cover will increase Friday night into Saturday as the more overcast sky returns. But, it will be dry on Saturday...so no issues on the roads!

The shift in the pattern looks to happen as early as Saturday night with the threat of some freezing drizzle or snow in the forecast. This will continue into Sunday with cloudy skies and temperatures still around freezing. This makes for a tricky forecast and could lead to some slippery road conditions depending on the precip type. If there is more snow, then that will mean easier conditions getting around. Not expecting much in terms of accumulation even if it does fall mainly as snow. If we see more of the freezing rain, well...that will make things slick! Not great news heading into a very busy travel period. Overall, just a good idea to add some extra travel time if you'll be hitting the road!

Expect additional light snow overnight and into Monday as a low pressure system moves into our area. Once again, daytime highs will reach above freezing leading to a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow to start off the holiday week. The unsettled pattern will remain in place really right up to Christmas. It looks like all of those verses of "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" are really paying off! So, don't blame me...blame Bing Crosby!

Once the storm passes to our east and colder air wraps in, we could see some accumulating snow. This is looking like Monday night and into Tuesday. Light snow will continue right into Christmas Eve so good thing Santa will have Rudolph at the helm to guide his sleigh through the flying flakes! Right now it doesn't look to be a major deal, but enough to give our area a white Christmas.

The second storm will develop and track up from the south. Right now the forecast model consensus is for this to generally take a track into the Ohio Valley, then merge with our system to produce a huge snow and wind machine somewhere near the Great Lakes by Christmas Day. This type of system would have MAJOR impacts on travel wherever it may go, so we will want to pay attention to this closely. Currently this would remain far enough to our east so we wouldn't feel the worst impacts, but should the track shift further west, we may have more to be concerned about it. You know we'll be watching it closely!

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