**WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect from 9:00 PM tonight until noon Saturday**
So far December and official winter have been anything but ordinary. November was full of snow and very cold temperatures while this month (and the first official days of winter) have seen highs running about 10° above average with overnight lows at times almost 30° above normal! Soak up the last of the above freezing temperatures....a big change in the pattern is coming!
Cloudy skies at midday with temperatures in the low to mid 30s. Expect the cloud cover to stick around for about the next 24-36 hours with sunshine FINALLY returning to the forecast for the end of the weekend.
Through the afternoon we'll be watching for a slight chance of rain or snow. Nothing significant during the day, but it could lead to a few slippery areas on the roads so you may need to slow down at times. Temperatures this afternoon will reach into the middle 30s marking yet another day well above average.
Later tonight as temperatures fall, we'll be watching the rain/snow mix transition to all snow. It may be heavy at times overnight with several inches of accumulation expected. Right now, still looking like a general 2-4" for most of the region through Saturday morning with some areas closer to 5" as you can see from the map below. This may make travel difficult at times, especially early Saturday, so plan accordingly. The snow will taper off by tomorrow afternoon followed by decreasing clouds. We may not clear out in time for sunset, but be patient...we will see the sun this weekend! Sunday looks much quieter and favorable for travel with a mix of clouds, sun and cooler highs. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature seasonable highs in the middle 20s. Then, even colder air arrives for early next week.
Just in time for New Year's celebrations it is going to get cold again. Yes, I know "cold" means different things. But, compared to highs in the mid 30s, it will be cold! Temperatures will be topping out in the teens with overnight lows in the single digits with a couple of nights even seeing subzero temps! Definitely a couple of nights to fire up the furnace! And, it appears we will get back to normal just in time for the start of 2015. Overall, the pattern looks pretty quiet to start next week with some snow chances returning just in time to ring in the new year!
Hope Santa brought you everything on your list! Enjoy the rest of the holidays!
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