StormTeam 8 Forecast:  High 27° / Low 18°... More clouds than sun today. Seasonably chilly. Partly to mostly cloudy tonight.

Updated Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:40 AM...

Many areas FINALLY saw some peeks of sunshine yesterday for the first time in 11 days. Even with some sun, temps were a bit cooler than average in most spots.

A ridge of high pressure will dominate our weather for the next few days. As a result, expect dry weather through the first half of the weekend. However, three systems will be close by to the region today... so expect more clouds than sun. It will be another seasonably chilly day with highs in the mid-upper 20s. Winds will be light.

For tonight skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-upper teens in most areas. Winds will remain light.

Expect a mix of clouds and sun for Friday with slightly warmer highs near 30º. Winds will increase just a tad from the south around 5 mph.

Looking Ahead... Clouds will increase for the weekend as a storm system organizes and starts approaching from the west. We should remain dry Saturday, but it will be mostly cloudy with highs in the low-mid 30s. A little moisture creeping into the region could cause some freezing drizzle or light wintry mix Saturday night.

There will be a slight chance for a light wintry mix on Sunday with highs climbing into the mid 30s.

The previously mentioned storm will then track into the region by Monday and strengthen a bit as well. This will bring a good chance of rain & snow as temps will be slightly above freezing. Colder air then gets drawn south into the system on Tuesday, so the precip should change over to light snow. This is when our best chance will be for seeing some light snow accumulations and the possibility of a white Christmas. It's quite early to get too specific on snowfall amounts, but some forecast models are hinting at perhaps an inch or two falling on Tuesday. Stay tuned for updates, especially if you have holiday travel plans.

The storm will shift just to our east Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but it's really going to strengthen over the Great Lakes. By then most of the moisture will be to our east, but we could still see some light snow showers or flurries on Wednesday. Christmas Day is looking mainly dry, but still mostly cloudy. Of more concern by Wed/Thu will most likely be strong winds, which could cause some blowing snow if we get some accumulations on Tuesday. It will also get colder with highs dropping into the low-mid 20s by Thu/Fri. Again stay tuned for updates about this potential storm over the next several days.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Wednesday and continue to think sunshine! -Bill Graul