It’s been a few nice days since the weekend with temperatures climbing from the cold 30s to the mild 50s. Today we will break the 60-degree mark putting us nearly 20 degrees above the normal temperatures this time of the year. Before we get there, we start cold this morning with temperature back a few degrees thanks to a lack of cloud coverage. Some locations are at freezing and below. Patchy, and dense fog is possible, and may be freezing fog leaving ice on windshields.
Christmas Eve will be met with an above average temperature trend. We typically only reach the low 40s this time of the year. However, thanks to a large ridge of high pressure and a southerly wind, we will warm into the low to middle 60s over the next several days. We will get close to daily high temperature records but will come in short by a few degrees. The records for Christmas week run in the low 70s mostly. Clouds will be thick, especially in river valleys this morning leading to some potential for dense freezing fog. Some ice on windshields is possible. After the fog breaks, it’s mostly sunny skies and the warmth. No precipitation expected through the Christmas holiday. Christmas Day will be like today but add another few degrees on top. Once again, some patchy fog possible, but not as much. Mostly sunny will be the case again with temperatures reaching the middle 60s. As we approach the end of the week, clouds increase with a weak front looking to cross on Friday. Only small chances for precipitation will be present and we barely cool. The second front will arrive sometime Sunday as heavy rain and thunderstorms return to the forecast. This front will be much stronger and the impact on temperatures will be greater.