Lots of clouds, chance for rain but quiet this weekend/Travel issues for PACNW, Rockies

There won’t be a whole lot going on weatherwise this weekend, which is good news for those planning travel.  We’ll have lots of clouds and a chance for some light rain here locally. White Christmas chances look low.

Outlook…

Weekend…lots of clouds although a few thin spots can’t be ruled out.  Best chance at seeing sun will be in the east on Sunday.  We’ll have slightly above average temperatures with highs back to the 40s.  Light rain could return to KC late Sunday night.

Christmas Week…A bit of light rain to start Monday off with.. lingering into Tuesday east.  Temperatures continue to be mild with highs in the 40s Mon/Tues.

Christmas Eve…Turning cooler..but still near average for late December.  Highs in the 30s.

Christmas Day…Seasonable. Dry. Highs in the upper 30s to around 40.

After Christmas…watching the evolution of a possible Plains low pressure area…  Track right now is north of us which means rain chances and mild before turning much colder New Year’s Week.

Clouds…

Not much new to say here.. mid afternoon visible satellite shows the area socked in with low cloud cover.  We’ve been in this grey pattern for several weeks now.

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Travel issues:

If you plan on heading out across the country today, here are the satellite images.  A lot of cloud cover over the eastern U.S. and another storm approaching the PACNW. Florida, SOCAL and AZ seeing quite a bit of sun.

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About the only weather hazards are in WA/OR where a very wet weekend is set to begin as a strong Pacific jet rams into the Cascades with heavy rains, coastal high wind (brown) and possible flooding (green).  Further inland and up in elevation, heavy snows are expected in ID/MT/UT/CO/WY where winter storm watches (blue). Winter weather advisories for lighter snow cover NE NV and the Sierra Nevada (purple). Check with your airline if you’re headed into these areas.

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Our late weekend system is not expected to produce much in the way of rain with very light amounts expected between now and Monday evening.  Snow will also be very light and mainly restricted to IA/WI/NW IL.  Those heavier snows show up in CO/WY.

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Finally, we’ll take a look at the forecast maps for Christmas Morning.  They’ve not changed a whole lot and still argue for dry weather around here.  We’ll still have to watch timing of the low in the Great Lakes as any slowdown could mean weather impacts here on Christmas.

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The weather system shown in the Rockies is the one which may have impacts for us in one way or another the weekend after Christmas into New Year’s week. Have a good weekend and we’ll update the blog on Sunday evening.

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