Cold and dry for Christmas

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — After a cloudy and cooler end to our weekend on Sunday, Christmas Day will see more sunshine but will remain chilly.  Temperatures will only climb into the low 40s with breezy northwesterly winds.

Mostly sunny skies will stick around through Tuesday with highs still in the 40s.  A mostly dry cold front will slip through central North Carolina Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  There could be a couple of flurries or sprinkles squeezed out of the atmosphere as the front moves toward the coast Wednesday morning.  Skies will be mostly cloudy on Wednesday, but some sun will be around on Thursday.

Thursday, however, will be cold with highs staying in the 30s.  There is still the possibility of a wintry mix late Thursday night into Friday, as a system moves up from the Gulf Coast and runs into our cold air.  Confidence is still low at this time, because weather models are in disagreement on the path of low and how much moisture will be around.  If we do get some precipitation however; snow, sleet, rain, and even freezing rain will be possible on Friday.

By next weekend it should be mainly dry, but even colder air is expected.  By New Year’s Eve on Sunday and New Year’s Day on Monday, highs will only be in the lower to middle 30s.

Christmas Day will be mostly to partly sunny.  The high will be 43.  Winds will be west 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Monday Night will be mostly to partly cloudy and cold.  The overnight low will be 25. Winds will be light out of the west.

Tuesday will be partly sunny.  The high will be 45. Winds will be west around 5 mph.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a slight risk of a flurries or sprinkles in the morning, then become partly sunny during the afternoon.  The high will be 43, after a morning low of 29.  The precipitation risk will be 20 percent.

Thursday will be partly sunny and cold.  The high will be 38, after a morning low 23.

Friday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of a wintry mix.  The high will be 36, after a morning low of 24. The precipitation risk will be 40 percent.

Saturday will be partly sunny and cold.  The high will be 41, after a morning low of 24.

Next Sunday, New Year’s Eve will be mostly to partly sunny.  The high will be 34, after a morning low of 20.

This forecast was prepared by the CBS North Carolina weather team and is based on the latest information available and years of weather forecasting in North Carolina. It was not produced by a computer like many forecasts you find on the web, social media and smart phone apps.

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