First we'll start off with a brief synopsis of Christmas Eve:
The average high is 42.....and we reached 42 at 12:09 this morning! Most of the day was around 40 under a mix of sunshine and clouds before snow showers moved in just before the evening commute(well, I happen to think that most people took a half of a day anyway). Our average low temperature is 28 and we won't know what our low is until 11:59pm as this morning's low was just 33 as of the 5pm climate summary update from the National Weather Service( a lot of people don't know this, but they do a final update around 2am the next morning for the previous day!).
As mentioned we did have some snow showers in the late afternoon and leading into the evening; this was from a mid-level trough(piece of energy aloft); the highest accumulation seen was about a half of an inch as it was mostly just a quick coating of snow on cars and grass(the roads were too warm and they were just wet). Behind this piece of energy is much colder air so overnight lows will drop down into the lower and middle 20s while Christmas Day highs will be in the lower to middle 30s! Factor in a gusty northwest wind between 10-15mph(with higher gusts) the wind chill will be in the lower and middle 20s all day! Now I'm not the type of person to say "you better bundle up tomorrow!" or say "bring the pets inside" because I don't like to talk down to people like that; I know you are smart and use common sense! :)
With that said, Merry Christmas and you can check out the rest of the seven day forecast at www.scottderekwx.com/forecast.html ; for just a quick look ahead we get into the lower 40s(which is seasonable) and actually crack 50 by the weekend....BUT a) I'm watching a coastal low that has the potential to bring us RAIN Sunday night into Monday and b) behind a cold front Monday we'll get an Arctic blast with highs back into the ice box struggling to get toward freezing.