EVENING: Mostly cloudy and chilly. Temps in the 30s.

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, near steady temps. Low 32.

CHRISTMAS EVE: Mostly cloudy, milder by the afternoon. High 50.

CHRISTMAS DAY: Cloudy with stray light showers. Total rainfall near a tenth of an inch. High 54.

Many of us begin our long weekend with a cloudy, chilly and quiet evening. Other than a stray flurry, we continue with cloudy skies overnight with temperatures holding steady near 32.

A wind shift from the south will allow a stretch of unseasonably mild conditions to begin Christmas Eve as we approach 50 degrees by the afternoon. Not bad despite very little sun for the day. We also stay dry for anyone planning to attend Christmas Eve services Friday evening.

We begin to see rain showers approaching Friday night. We remain above freezing locally, so there isn’t a concern for icy conditions. Rain showers continue light and spotty throughout Christmas Day with total rainfall near a tenth of an inch.

Sunday will be dry and seasonably mild with more sunshine expected by the afternoon.

A look ahead to next week shows more mild and unsettled conditions. Although Monday will be chilly with a passing rain or snow shower, the overall pattern suggests mild and damp conditions for the middle of the week.

-Meteorologist Eric Finkenbinder