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A Cool, Probably Brown Christmas

Winter is here! Outside of a midweek warmup, temperatures will be much more typical of December around the region as we work towards Christmas.

We have taken babysteps this month toward winter chill. However, Saturday's flurries and Sunday's chilled sunshine have brought a legitimate wintery feel to the area and, for the first time in a while, it definitely feels like winter's upon us.

The week ahead will feature more of the same as last week. Temperatures that start and end chilled, but moderate midweek ahead of a storm system. Such is the theme of the last couple of weeks and the likely theme of the next couple of weeks. A weak cool front will cross the region early Tuesday, stalling out and perhaps bringing a sprinkle to the region as it crosses. The front will then lift back north as a warm front for Wednesday, bringing occasional showers to the region as low pressure lifts northeast from the Southern Plains.

This particular storm will bring blizzard conditions to parts of Texas and Oklahoma, but will bring mild showers and temperatures above 50 degrees on Wednesday as the low passes to our west.

The trailing cool front will slide through and cool us off a touch on Thursday, but a second wave of low pressure will pass to our south on Friday morning, bringing a round of light rain and/or snow to the region. It's a bit too early to get specific on what ends up falling but the system looks to be a bit too warm (as of now) to be a snowy system for us.

As it passes away, the cool down will return and temperatures for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be around 40, with Christmas Eve looking to be relatively dry and sunny at this point. There could be a few more clouds around on Christmas Day, perhaps even a flurry or two in spots.

This could end up being the first year since 2007, where we have not seen any snow fall or on the ground on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Each of the last three years has featured at least a few flakes or in the case of the 2009 snow on the ground. If we dodge Friday's event without snow, that streak will end.

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Tom Thunstrom is the editor and publisher at Phillyweather.net.

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