We'll break it down day by day for your weekend and Christmas week on the weather blog tonight!
TONIGHT: We're still watching the showers in progress off to our west, and those will make progress our way later tonight and through the overnight hours. Here's a look at the radar view this evening:
Tonight, if you're heading out and about for any reason, grab the umbrella. Overnight lows will stay in the 40s.
SATURDAY: Showers will be scattered during the first part of the day Saturday with the best chances coming before the lunch hour. Our FutureCast actually clears things out a bit Saturday afternoon and early evening, so it wouldn't be out of the question to see some sunshine around here in spots. Whether or not the sun comes out will determine where we end up for afternoon highs - at the moment, I'm forecasting the clouds to hang a little tougher with us through the day, so middle 50s look good, but if we see the sun, upper 50s and even a few low 60s won't be out of the question. If you're heading out to do some Christmas shopping, remember the first part of the day will be wet, but conditions will improve in the afternoon and evening.
SUNDAY: Winds will switch around out of the east on Sunday with high pressure ridging down the East Coast. Temperatures will stay in the 50s for highs and some light showers or drizzle will be possible after some morning fog, but widespread rain is not expected during the day. As we head into the nighttime hours and overnight hours, showers will increase from the south.
MONDAY: That rain will spread over the area on Monday, but there has been some disagreement as to the eventual coverage of rain for us. We might see a shower at just about any point through the day with highs back in the lower 60s.
TUESDAY: On Tuesday, a more powerful storm system will affect the area, bringing a chance of thunderstorms to the area. There are still plenty of questions on how much instability will be available for storms, so the nature of a severe weather threat is unknown at this point. Highs should make it back into the mid and upper 60s with a surge of warmer air over the area. Because of all the uncertainties, this will be a system we'll have to watch carefully in the coming days, but hopefully computer models will provide some more clarity as we get a little closer.
CHRISTMAS EVE: As our big Tuesday system moves out, a big push of colder air will drop in from the northwest. Clouds will also linger over the area through the day as the winds pick up from the north and northwest. Highs will stay in the 40s and low 50s, and the wind chill values will be even cooler than that. I don't think it would be out of the question to see some lingering showers in the very early morning hours on Wednesday, but overall, the day will be dry, windy, and colder.
CHRISTMAS DAY: Temperatures on Christmas morning will be at or below freezing in many locations across the Valley, so Santa will feel right at home! The afternoon promises to be seasonable with highs in the mid and upper 50s and a mostly sunny sky.
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Chief Meteorologist Derek Kinkade, WTVM / WXTX