Quiet, Seasonable and Dry with a Big Warm up Ahead

The chances for a white Christmas are presently slim to none thanks to dry conditions and...
The chances for a white Christmas are presently slim to none thanks to dry conditions and abnormal warmth for the end of the workweek.(WGEM)
Published: Dec. 19, 2021 at 3:14 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 19, 2021 at 8:17 PM CST
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Quiet and seasonable weather will be the norm through Monday with above-normal daytime high temperatures and otherwise dry conditions. Overnight lows early Monday morning will see temperatures bottoming out in the mid to upper-20s for most locales before temperatures rebound by noon. A couple of dry cold frontal passages will bring brief wind shifts back to the NNW alternating with the more southerly flow through midweek. By later this workweek a more robust ridge of high pressure is poised to gyrate out of the southwestern US and bring with it a much more pronounced warm up to usher in the holiday weekend with the possibility of some rather breezy conditions as well.

Monday will begin the gradual ascent to daytime high temperatures culminating anywhere from 15-25 degrees above normal by Christmas Eve. While temperatures will climb into the low to mid-40s for daytime high temperatures for many locales through the workweek, Santa’s sleigh bells will toll on Christmas Eve riding on the heels of temperatures near or above 60-degrees for daytime highs on Friday for much of the Tri-States and nary a drop of measurable snow to be found. Unfortunately, this ridge of high pressure that is slated to bring us more unrepentant warmth, by late December standards, essentially puts the chances of seeing a white Christmas into a state of necrosis for the region.

Tuesday ushers in the 2021 (astronomical) winter solstice; however, it will feel more like late fall. Enjoy the near unbridled sunshine this week, as gloomy conditions will be closer to the North Pole than here.

J. Risley


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