Forecast for Binghamton and the Twin Tiers
Tonight: Overcast with a slight chance of flurries. Low: 20-25. West wind 2-4 mph.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High: 29-34. Northwest wind 3-6 mph. .
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low: 23-26. Winds will be light and variable.
Forecast By: Meteorologist Nick Merianos
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Forecast Headlines: Cloudy stretch; winter begins Sunday; significant storm for Christmas Eve.
Today marks day 13 of overcast skies in Binghamton. Dec. 8 was the last time we have had a decent amount of sunshine.
High pressure is in control this evening and Sunday. Typically, dry sunny weather results when high pressure controls our weather. However, the case over the last several days has been trapped moisture in the lowest levels of our atmosphere. This is why we have been cloudy and will stay cloudy over the next few days. A few flurries are possible overnight tonight. There are some indications that a few breaks of sunshine may take place Sunday afternoon, but we are not too optimistic of that occurring right now.
Winter arrives Sunday at 6:03PM local time. Sunday is the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight at nine hours, six minutes and seventeen seconds.
We're holding with our current forecast for Monday by keeping the day itself dry. Precipitation looks to arrive across the Tiers Monday night into Tuesday as a wintry mix; rain, freezing rain, and sleet, then a changeover to plain rain on Tuesday is certain.
A significant storm system will affect the entire eastern third of the country on Christmas Eve. We will be on the warm side of a powerful low pressure system, with temperatures rising into the mid 50s on Wednesday! We are forecasting a record high temperature of 54 on Dec 24. The record high is 51F, set back in 1965. The bigger story will be the potential for a soaking rainfall and gusty winds. Current indications point to a widespread inch of rain with locally higher amounts, especially east. Travel delays are likely, especially for the major airports. Stay tuned for updated forecasts if you plan on traveling.
Colder air will funnel into the Tiers Christmas Eve night and Christmas day. The winds could be strong during this period with gusts in excess of 40 mph, especially for the hill tops. Temperatures will fall into the 30s during Christmas day. Any left over rain shower will likely transition to snow showers. Snow accumulation, if any will be light. Chances of a white Christmas do not look promising for the Twin Tiers.
Our next chance for a rain/ snow mix will take place next weekend.