A Flood Watch and a Winter Storm Watch are out for the entire region late Tuesday through early Thursday. Heavy rain develops Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and may put down 1”-3” in some areas. That would be enough to cause, at least, some local high water issues. Arctic air pushes in from west to east on Wednesday with heavy sleet and snow taking over. That setup could produce several inches of accumulation with a major impact to travel across the region. Snow will slowly end from west to east Thursday as bitterly cold air continues to push in. We could flirt with record lows again by Friday morning with some areas near zero.
Spotty showers out and about today in which a couple of us to the north could see a light wintry mix that will not cause any issues. Highs today will be in the 40s, which is average for this time a year. The rain kicks later this evening. We will stay dry for the most part of Christmas Day with highs in the upper 30s. A big system begins to work its way northbound bringing us showers during Christmas night and into Wednesday. We start with rain, but should transition to a little snow come Wednesday evening/night. How much do we pick up? That will be determined on the track of this thing. 50 miles each way could make a drastic difference for our weather. Right now we are leaning toward everyone having the shot at some snow, but very light accumulation, if any at all.
Have a very Merry Christmas Eve!!!
Meteorologist Micah Harris