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December 18, 2014 Updated: 7:25 PM

No such luck for seeing that sunshine earlier today, and the prospects in the next several days are dim at best. Tomorrow looks to be the best chance of perhaps some breaks, otherwise clouds dominate through the weekend and right into Christmas Eve.

Weak high pressure remains overhead tonight, and will only slowly move east over the next few days. The low level moisture that has kept us cloudy for days looks to remain, but the one difference going into Friday is the temperature inversion looks to break down some. This may lead to some breaks in the clouds for a time, before it strengthens up again tomorrow night and into the weekend. Expect temperatures to slowly rise in the coming days, still in the 20's tomorrow, but lower 30's over the weekend.

In addition to the clouds this weekend, we may see a few flurries out there Saturday. The better chance for precipitation comes on Sunday however, as some lift out ahead of a storm system in the Plains moves into Wisconsin. This should lead to a period of light snow, starting in the morning and ending sometime in the afternoon. Temperatures above the surface look like they may rise just above freezing, and that could lead to a changeover to rain before it ends. Right now any accumulations look light -- around an inch or so.

Christmas week will be active weather-wise, and could certainly impact travel leading up to the holiday. A complex weather pattern will make for a tricky forecast, but in the end it does appear we have a high chance of getting that white Christmas. On Monday, low pressure will arrive from the west and slowly track over Western Wisconsin. This type of track will allow slightly milder air to mix in with this system, leading to some rain and a wintry mix, so little snow accumulation is expected on Monday. Monday night into Tuesday cooler air will filter back in, and from this point forward, we should see mainly snow..

This does not look to be a heavy snow producer, but something more likely resulting in an inch.. maybe two, both Tuesday and Wednesday. Breezes will pick up as a larger and stronger storm spins further to our east, perhaps resulting in blowing snow. In the end, these conditions will hamper travel to a degree, so just put this somewhere in the back of your mind for planning purposes if you will be travelling for the holiday next week. We will be watching the pattern evolve and report back any changes to this thinking right here on!


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