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Winter starts, feeling like fall

Warming into the start of winter
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Posted at 7:10 AM, Dec 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-21 07:10:05-05

We’re starting out on a cold note with temperatures running in the low to upper 30s. This is cold, but warmer than yesterday by 10-15 degrees which has been the trend lately. This can be attributed to the light southerly wind we had yesterday and overnight. This trend will continue, albeit slowly into Christmas week.

This weekend is the start of winter 2019. At 11:19 P.M. Saturday, the sun will officially be on an equal plane over the Tropic of Capricorn. After that point, the slow transition back to the north will begin. Each day after today will get longer after tomorrow and the sun angles will get higher. Our coldest days are still ahead of us this winter season, but things will get better shortly after that. Speaking of warming, we will continue to warm into Christmas week with a ridge of high pressure. Before we get to that, a low in the southeast will try to bring some rain to us by way of our southern counties. Otherwise, we remain dry. Temperatures will be near 60 degrees this week, which is nearly 20 degrees above our average high. High temperature records for Christmas run in the low 70s. We’re not expecting to be that warm. There is no “white Christmas” this year either as we stay dry.