Good Saturday to everyone…we’re getting down to the last hours before Christmas. Hope everyone is having a great start to the holiday weekend and if you’re one of many still finding those last items to buy, please use common sense when on the roads and shopping center parking lots.
Weather-wise today is the last day in which our region will be dominated by mild weather. Changes will occur soon and cold air will arrive just in time. A cold front will be passing through late today, out ahead of the front a line of showers will progress eastward. Today’s rain event will be less impressive than we had on Wednesday. A couple tenths of an inch (liquid) is expected through tonight.
High’s today will top out in the 60’s in both the Foothills and Western Piedmont. Colder air will shift into the Western Carolinas tonight and will result in a cool start to Christmas Eve, low’s will be in the lower 40’s.
Christmas Eve itself looks to be fairly nice and cooler (40’s) but a secondary push of cold air will arrive just in time for Santa. By late day and into the evening, northwest flow will kick in. Our friends in the mountains may see a few snow showers and a stray flurry cannot be ruled out, especially in sections of Burke, Caldwell and McDowell Counties.
Christmas morning will be quite chilly as temperatures will be in the 20’s and 30’s and overall it will be chilly as temperatures will be lucky to make the low 40’s.
This is all the start of an interesting week as the final week of 2017 looks to be cold and potentially active…we’ll have more on that in a briefing later today.