Colder Friday, rain and snow chances

22 December, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • A seasonably chilly, but sunny, day for the arrival of the Winter Solstice

Clouds will continue to increase to mostly cloudy skies ahead of the next system.

Temperatures are likely to struggle in low single figures even in the south.

Forecaster Sarah Sammy, of The Weather Channel, said it would become chillier on Christmas Day.

Friday will be sunny, with a high near 33 and low of about 15.

If your flying out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - which handled more than 1 million passengers in December a year ago - try to give yourself as much time as possible to get to the airport, officials say.

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Cloudy skies are expected for Thursday night.

Another cold front comes through on Friday, bringing another chance of heavy rain, mainly in the afternoon and evening. The temp will swing wildly from the low to mid 20s Friday, to near 40° Saturday, and then falling into early next week.

The storm will move through later Friday to the north and east, so beware on Friday afternoon and evening if you're heading toward New England.

After a mild lead-up to Christmas, areas of low pressure will sweep east across the country raising the potential for gale force winds on Boxing Day. High temperatures Friday should be in in the 40s. It looks like some snow begins to mix in Saturday night before this system finally pulls off the coast.

This arctic assault, represented by cold front pushing deep into the heart of Texas on Sunday, won't encounter much moisture, so Texans ought to enjoy a largely storm-free yet frigid Christmas, forecasters say. No precipitation is expected with this front.

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Sunday night, Christmas Eve, it will be mostly clear with a low of 21, according to the weather service.

Sunday's forecast is for a slight chance of rain before 3 p.m., then a slight chance of rain and snow between 3 and 4 p.m., and finally, a slight chance of snow after 4 p.m.

According to weather records, the warmest Christmas on record was 62 on three occasions - 1999, 1963 and 1922 - and the coldest low temperature was 16 below zero, in both 1983 and 1924.

Temperatures should warm into the middle 50s Christmas afternoon with sunny skies. Cold temperatures and winter precipitation are in the forecast for the Christmas stretch drive.

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