Tonight: 25% chance of flurries and possibly a few periods of freezing drizzle. Any snow accumulations will be less than a 1/2”. Any prolonged freezing drizzle could produce a few icy spots. Low: 23-28
Friday: Cloudy and cold. Slight chance of a few flurries or periods of freezing drizzle. High: 25-30
Friday Night: Mainly cloudy. Low: 17-22
Some weak lake effect snow showers and flurries will continue through the evening and overnight. There is also a chance that we could see a few periods of freezing drizzle mixing in as well. Lows will be in the 20s. Cloudy, cold and generally quiet weather will be with us Friday. I expect highs to struggle to 30.
There continues to be some indication that we may see some sun on Saturday. I am going to call for sun and clouds mixed with highs around 31. We might be asking for too much here, but I’m also seeing a chance of some sunshine mixing with clouds Sunday as well. Either way, both weekend days will be precipitation-free. Highs on Sunday will be around 34. Winter also arrives Sunday at 6:03pm local time.
I’m keeping an eye on a fast moving area of low pressure for late Monday into early Tuesday morning. I’m going to keep a chance of late day rain or snow showers in the forecast Monday, but I will increase the chance of rain showers to 30% Tuesday.
Our long range models all agree on a very large, and strong, storm developing and affecting us on Christmas Eve. I still think the bulk of the precipitation with this storm on Wednesday will be rain. However, depending on how fast the cold air can get drawn in to the region, we may see some snow late in the day toward Christmas morning. Highs on Wednesday should be in the mid 40s. Another interesting development in the long range is the possible development of a coastal low pressure system for Christmas Day. This was not evident yesterday and my confidence in this happening is very low at this time. Precipitation with this system, if it does develop, is also questionable. Either way, the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day time frame could pose some travel issues on the ground and at the airports throughout the northeast and Great Lakes region. It’s really a good thing that Santa doesn’t use airports or the ground to deliver his gifts. He has never missed a Christmas delivery and I don’t expect him to this year, either.