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Forecast Last Updated at Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 6:17PM

Calm Wednesday; Rain Returns Thursday

High pressure is the dominating weather feature for the eastern third of the nation keeping the good times rollin' tonight and through the day on Wednesday. Thicker clouds return late Wednesday and rain develops Thursday morning as another sprawling low pressure center moves north from the Gulf. Rain continues into Friday before changing over to snow showers from the top down Friday afternoon. Last minute shopping is not in jeopardy as light snow tapers off Saturday morning making way for a calm weekend.

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Tuesday

Hi: 60 Lo: 30

Scattered clouds; Fog possible; Cold; Light South wind
Wednesday

Hi: 52 Lo: 38

Early fog; Then some sun before increasing clouds; Light rain possible late Wed. night; SW wind 5-15 mph
Thursday

Hi: 47 Lo: 44

Cloudy; Cool; Rain; SE wind 5-15 mph
Friday

Hi: 48 Lo: 30

Mostly cloudy; Periods of rain; Turning colder; Changing to snow showers in the afternoon
Saturday

Hi: 41 Lo: 30

Morning snow showers or flurries possible; Decreasing afternoon clouds; Chilly

Further Out

Sunday - Mostly clear; Seasonal temperatures; High in the upper 40s; Low in the lower 30s
Monday - Mostly sunny; Nice weather for Santa; High in the upper 40s; Low in the lower 30s

Forecast Discussion

It felt relatively quite warm during the core hours of the afternoon today as temperatures ran a few degrees above average. All and all, not a bad mid-December day. Nice calm weather continues tonight with only a few scattered clouds and seasonably cold temperatures. Watch out for some fog developing in areas late tonight. Wednesday is similar to today temperature wise, but we'll contend with more afternoon clouds.

Tomorrow's clouds are an indication of what's next. A potent low creeps up from the Gulf Thursday and moves to the interior Northeast late Friday. Rain arrives Thursday morning and continues through Friday morning. As colder air fills in behind the departing low rain changes over to snow showers Friday afternoon. It starts at the highest elevations first and works down. It's all snow Friday night with snow showers or flurries lingering into Saturday morning. It will be a festive snow, but not out of control. I've joked with several friends that anything below a foot the rest of this winter won't be impressive.

Clouds decrease Saturday afternoon and we'll remain drama-free through Christmas with seasonal temperatures.

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