Mostly Sunny Wednesday and Thursday; Exciting Leadup to Christmas

Good morning!
 
With mostly sunny skies, expect a high around 39 today, and a west-northwest wind at 5-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Tonight will feature calming winds, with mostly clear skies, a low around 16, and northwest winds at just 5 mph.
 
Tomorrow will again be mostly sunny but much colder, with a high around 26. Tomorrow night features increasing clouds (with skies turning mostly cloudy) and a low near 17. Winds will be light and out of the northwest throughout.
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Beyond that, we fall into an exciting pattern. A period of mixed precipitation is possible Friday night (snow and freezing rain would be in the cards with temperatures hanging below freezing until Saturday morning). With the overnight Friday night possibly featuring that snow or freezing rain (or combination), there could be some impact involved. Saturday is a slam dunk forecast as of now, with any wintry precipitation likely to change to regular rain by 9 AM or so as temperatures rise above freezing then; the high will be in the mid to upper 40s (this has trended cooler from prior forecasts in the 50s for Saturday). Saturday night will be slightly above freezing temperature wise, and could fall below freezing if we get colder than expected, but it will start well above freezing as rain wraps up during the overnight.
 
Christmas Eve starts dry but then a period of rain changing to snow is possible in the evening and overnight as part of a system that will likely affect our region the night of Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. This system has trended colder in recent days, which is good news for snow lovers: the Saturday rain event has a pretty good chance – if not overwhelmingly likely chance – of eliminating almost all or all of the current snowpack, even if we do see a little accumulating snow Friday night, so our White Christmas chances probably hang in the balance with the Christmas Eve/Day storm. It is still too early to get into exact details, though, so stay tuned.
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Have a great day!
-Nathan

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