Warm weather expected leading up to Christmas Day

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By: Charles Roop | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — It’s almost Christmas time, where we get to huddle near a fire sipping on peppermint hot cocoa. Well, it may not feel like that yet as we are still dealing with above-average temperatures in our area. But it should feel like Christmas just in time for, well, Christmas. Here’s your Santa-sleighing, last-minute-shopping, traffic-tie-up forecast for the holiday weekend.

We’ll start off our Christmas Eve eve (Saturday) with spring-like conditions. The morning low will be in the mid 50s, which is still warmer than the normal 40-degree low in Tallahassee. It’s expected to warm up during the day with temperatures getting at least into the upper 70s. We’ll begin to see more cloud cover as moisture in the lower to mid levels begins to increase ahead of our next system.

Rain chances will increase Saturday night as a cold front approaches our area. The odds of rain will not be so jolly as forcing will likely be weak, keeping chances between 30 to 40 percent. Because of the trough staying well to the north, the cold front will be a bit slower to move through our area. Low rain chances will still be in place in our area Christmas Eve (Sunday). The low Sunday morning will be in the lower 60s (about 20 degrees above average), with the high reaching into the mid 70s. The cloud cover along with any rainfall should keep the temperatures moderated a bit.

The front will finally pass Sunday night and begin to usher in some cooler and drier air - just in time for Santa to arrive (right, kids?). The low Christmas Day (Monday) will be in the lower to mid 40s (let’s see how fast this front moves through Sunday night). The sky should begin to clear out during the day with the high getting close to 60 degrees. It will be mostly clear and cold Monday night with the low getting into the mid to upper 30s.

So, no jacket required until at least Christmas day. If one gets a jacket this Christmas Day, at least it can be worn.

The weather team wishes everyone a happy holiday and safe travels!