Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

NBC5 Forecast: Mild Start to Winter Today, Cold Rain for Friday

NBC5 Forecast: Mild Start to Winter Today, Cold Rain for Friday

The end of the week into the holiday weekend is looking at least somewhat unsettled as milder air tries to move back into central NY.

"I think there will be moments that you wish you were somewhere else", he said.

Cooling down from Friday, highs will hit the upper 30s with lows around 30 degrees with breezy winds and that chance of rain continuing throughout the day again.

- Arctic front drops temps Friday morning with rain mostly all day into the evening. Temperatures will climb into the mid to upper 50s with a south to southeast wind under 8 miles per hour. Snow will continue into the night and pick up in intensity. A few areas could see a dusting, with the best chance looking north of I-70. This will often create a layer of sub-freezing air near the ground while temperatures aloft remain above freezing. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain possible, and for the morning commute potentially.

"The Arctic front will bring some light snow to the highways so folks doing some travelling can anticipate seeing some snow today and tonight". A prolonged period of icing is possible for parts of Litchfield, Hartford, and Tolland counties. Afternoon temperatures will range from the upper 20s inland to near 40 at the coast.

Saturday brings a chance of rain and snow before noon, then a chance of rain between noon and 5 p.m., followed by a chance of rain and snow after 5 p.m.

The same storm is also projected to spread snow into parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and western NY at night on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day will just be cold.

Let's talk snow. First of all, many people think that December is a prime month to receive snow in our region.

Likelihood of at least one inch of snow on the ground at 7 a.m. Christmas morning from European modeling system. "That would be the most we'd see on Sunday, if it comes far enough south". Temperatures will drop into the mid 30s by morning time. "We'll just have to see how that sets up".

The forecast for Christmas Day calls for sunny skies and a high around 39 degrees. As we move through the afternoon the rain will taper off.

Snow changes to an icy mix for Saturday. If we look back at something called analogs, which are ways to look at these similar situations in the past, we see that the analogs for this particular weather set up give almost a 90 percent chance of inland areas seeing at least three hours of freezing rain Friday night and into early Saturday.

Skies will stay cloudy for Sunday.

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