StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 30° / Low 26°... Few peeks of sun early today, otherwise mostly cloudy. Slight chance of flurries or patchy freezing drizzle today & tonight.
Updated Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:45 AM...
There's a slight chance we could see a few peeks of sunshine this morning, but mostly cloudy skies will again be the rule today. Temps will be slightly warmer with highs around 30º. A little moisture creeping into the region from the south & west could cause a few flurries or patchy freezing drizzle in spots.
That small chance of flurries or patchy freezing drizzle will continue tonight. Otherwise expect mainly cloudy skies with temps on slipping a few degrees into the mid 20s.
Additional moisture will slowly stream into the region Saturday ahead of an approaching storm system. The result will be plenty of clouds, but temps will continue to gradually warm with highs in the low-mid 30s. Enough moisture could be present for a chance of freezing drizzle by Saturday night. We'll have to watch this closely as it could cause some slippery roads across the region.
Precipitation chances increase Sunday as low pressure deepens over the Northern Plains. Temperatures will warm into the mid 30s, so right now it looks like the precip that falls on Sunday will be in the form of a rain/snow mix, perhaps even some freezing drizzle in the morning.
Looking Ahead... The storm system will strengthen and move over the region Monday, increasing the precip chances even more. Temps will also warm well above freezing so at this time, it looks like mainly rain or a rain/snow mix will fall across the region Monday.
Colder air will move in behind the storm system on Tuesday, with the chance of some of the wintry mix changing to light snow. This is when our best chance for some snow accumulations will occur that may give us a white Christmas, but at this time it doesn't look like it will amount to all that much - perhaps a dusting to an inch or two. Stay tuned for updates.
The storm will shift to our east by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but it will also strengthen even more. This could make for some rather breezy conditions around here, but just a small chance of light snow showers or flurries on Wednesday. Christmas still looks mainly dry, but mostly cloudy and breezy. It will be seasonably chilly with highs in the upper 20s.
A weak disturbance could cause some flurries Friday, otherwise expect mostly cloudy conditions to continue to dominate into at least the start of the following weekend.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend! -Bill Graul