EVENING: Increasing clouds, temps in the 30s.
TONIGHT: Cloudy, low 27.
THURSDAY: Light snow or wintry mix begins 7-10 AM, then a steady, cold rain into the afternoon. Hi 45.
FRIDAY: Morning rain and snow showers. Becoming very windy and much colder. Temperatures dropping quickly into the 20s and teens. Winds 20-25mph, gusting between 40-60mph.
Wednesday was very quiet and pleasant. We may not see this kind of weather until the middle of next week. We now focus on the upcoming mix/rain for Thursday followed by a very powerful arctic front that arrives Friday.
Our weather team expects a wintry mix to develop between 7am and 10am Thursday morning. Some areas north of I-81 could even see a slushy accumulation of snow during the morning hours. By noon, most areas will have noticed the changeover from a wintry mix to rain. Steady rain continues Friday afternoon and Friday evening with rain amounts near one inch.
As the arctic air approaches Friday morning, a few rain/snow showers develop around daybreak Friday. What follows will be a dramatic drop in temperatures and strong winds. Westerly winds of 20-25mph gusting to 40 to 60mph will occur mid-morning Friday. At the same time, our temperatures will see a 25 degree drop within several hours. Check out the images below:
The weekend remains very cold and windy, leading to one of our coldest Christmas days in years!
-Meteorologist Eric Finkenbinder