Christmas Eve Weather Briefing

Merry Christmas Eve!  I hope that everyone is enjoying or is going to get to enjoy Christmas with your families.  Things have quietened down in the weather center for the time being but a difficult forecast lye ahead.  First things first and this discussion will highlight the near term weather.  The upcoming potential winter weather event will be highlighted in a separate briefing.

Overnight the cold front moved though the area taking the slug of moisture with it.  If travel plans take you east of Raleigh, rain will continue most of the day as this front stalls out.   Not much clearing today anywhere.  There will be a few breaks of sun this morning before more clouds filter in this evening.   A clipper system will race Southeast tonight and swing another dry cold front through the area.  This front will lead to much colder conditions for Christmas Day.  It also will spread snow showers into the mountains of Western North Carolina.  A dusting to two inches look possible with the higher amounts in that scale along those favored Western facing slopes.  Winds will be brisk across the foothills but downright blustery in the mountains.  Winds will gust 25 - 35mph in the foothills but a few gusts up to 50mph will be likely in the mountains as the pressure gradient tightens. A Wind Advisory has been hoisted by The National Weather Service from tonight at 6pm through 11am Christmas for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, and Rutherford Counties.  No snow expected outside of the mountains tonight and Christmas Day. 

Christmas day will feature times of sun and clouds with highs in the 30's.  This is a little colder than we advertised in our 7 day package from last night and we will adjust accordingly with this evening's forecast package.  It will be windy with wind chills in the 20's and even 10's at times.  Unlike the last two Christmas' tomorrow promises to feel like Christmas.  The one thing missing is snow.  That potential comes later in the week. More details to follow in the winter weather briefing that will be out a little later this morning.

Chris White

Chief Meteorologist

Foothills Weather Network