Gearing up for more activity

Clouds today, rain tomorrow
Posted at 8:14 AM, Dec 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-19 08:14:43-05

It’s looking like a typical cloudy and cold “almost” winter Saturday. Clouds will be increasing and abundant as the day wears on, with eventual rain showers later this evening. The next front moving in will bring mostly rain and only a slight temperature change. For now, we are running cold, with most locations sub-freezing.

Clouds will be abundant thanks to the incoming frontal boundary on Sunday. Showers do not arrive until later this evening and with warmer air introduced, we will start and end with mostly rain. The only spots that see snow or a rain/snow mix Monday morning will be high terrain spots in the southeast. Rain and snow showers will be widespread until the late morning hours when the bulk of the action exits the state. The rest of Monday will consist of a stubborn cloud deck and the occasional drizzle shower. A second, and weaker, feature will slide through Monday bringing a rain snow mixture, but only in the form of drizzle or flurries. Bottom line, snow (and more importantly) snow accumulation will be scarce early next week. So that brings us to Christmas. Naturally, with the event being 6 days out, there is still a lot of wiggle room for what this storm system will do. Early model runs were saying we had a good chance for snow, and now this morning’s run is saying mostly (if not all) rain. No naturally, we go with a mix. Rain will be likely Christmas Eve, and with temperatures falling, the question becomes, do we have enough moisture in place, when the air temperatures fall to freezing overnight into Christmas Day. As always, it’s a waiting game.