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December 7, 2016

Looking at some rain and an early peek at Christmas weather

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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:10 pm

An upper-level low and trough to our east should result in increasing clouds and a good chance for rain on Friday. The rain and clouds will be slow to move out on Saturday, but seasonably chilly temperatures and sunshine are likely by Sunday.

Meanwhile, some people have asked me about Christmas weather. Any forecast that far ahead is bound to be somewhat speculative, nevertheless long-term models have been presenting a fairly consistent outlook for the period leading up to Christmas Day.

In short, a large mass of very cold air is expected to build over Canada over the coming week and a half. Models have been fairly steadfast in having this cold Arctic air plunge into the center of the county during the weekend and early week leading up to Christmas Eve. While, there have been some differences on timing and whether the bulk of the cold air will be mostly off to our east or further west, they generally have been pointing to some rather cold conditions over Texas leading up to Christmas Day.

While this is speculative, it would not surprise me if it eventually unfolds as projected, given the rather chilly weather pattern we have been seeing of late. At any rate, I will bring further updates as we get closer to the Christmas Holiday.

Below are some links related to this blog:

NWS graphic on Friday rain

1-2 day precipitation outlook

Temperature outlook for Canada and Alaska

GFS Model forecast map in 10 days