>> Saturday, December 23, 2006
Wow....70 degrees in CLT today.....lower 70s across much of the area. That does not feel like December 23rd.
We will still be pretty warm for Christmas Eve with highs in hte low to mid 60s. However, a low will move across the northern Gulf tomorrow and then across the western Carolinas Christmas Day. That low will spread a lot of rain in here for Christmas with highs struggling to reach the lower 50s.
Behind that low, temps in the 850mb to 500mb level drop like a rock by Monday night. As those very cold temps aloft move overhead, we could squeeze out a few snow flurries in the Monday night-Tuesday morning time period. Should not be a big deal, but something neat to see if it happens. Now, a different story up in the mountains....some significant snows will likely occur between Monday night and Tuesday night. In fact, I think the favorable NW facing slopes could see at least a half a foot, and possibly more. Good news for the ski industry!
Temps will be close to average for much of the week next week from Christmas on. In fact, we will be below average on some occasions, such as lows Wednesday and Thursday morning, when 20s are likely.
I am still looking at the storm system for the end of next week. I still like the idea of this system really wrapping up nicely, but I don't have a good idea about the track yet. Probably rain for us, but stay tuned...
I will make another post sometime tomorrow. But, if you don't check in again before then, I want to be sure and wish you a merry Christmas! May you be filled with the warmth and peace of God's love...