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

TONIGHT: Clearing skies and cold. Low 25.

TUESDAY: Sunny and colder. High 40.

We’re entering a pattern that favors cold air and frequent storms. This sounds like a perfect set up for a white Christmas! Not so fast. The timing of the storms and the arrival of cold air does not guarantee snow, and we may end up with several storms packing a mixed bag of snow, ice and rain.

We first start off with a round of cold and dry air for Tuesday and Wednesday. The sunshine will be welcome, although temperatures will remain in the 30s during the days and drop into the 20s at night.

The cold air for midweek does set the stage for a wintry mix starting Thursday morning. As we get closer to Thursday, we will have more details on timing, duration and amounts of snow/ice/rain. The image below is a good start for those who need to start planning:

Greatest travel impacts will be Thursday morning when we still have enough cold air established across the area. As milder air nudges north, a change from an icy mix to rain is expected later in the afternoon and evening.

As the storm exits Friday morning, much colder air and a steady breeze returns for the weekend. This pattern will bring several more chances for wintry weather as we get closer to the holidays. As always, we’ll update this page often so check back!

-Meteorologists Eric Finkenbinder