Today looks good with sunshine & some increasing high clouds with 39-44. Clouds will continue to gradually increase tonight-tomorrow. We should go to mostly cloudy by later tomorrow with highs 44-49 after 27-30 tonight.
Rain Thursday may end as period of snow Friday with strong north winds gusting to 40 mph late Thursday night-Friday.
Total rainfall should amount to 0.30-0.50".
Any snowfall accumulation would be very minor.
There continues to be potential of an Alberta Clipper Sunday-Monday & another Christmas Day. Some snow showers are possible with these. Any accumulation looks minor at the moment. Not all hope is lost for snow on Christmas & if we can get 1", it would count as a White Christmas.
Highs will run in the 30s with lows in the teens & 20s.
Storm system late next week may begin as some freezing rain Wednesday evening before transitioning to rain for Wednesday night-Thursday. Highs should rise into the 40s to 50 after 30s at the beginning of the storm system. It may end as snow Friday of next week as temperatures fall back to the 20s & 30s.
A second storm system December 29-31 may bring freezing rain, sleet & snow, followed by some rain with mix, then mix to snow. Highs will run in the 30s.
Much colder pattern will settle in as we move into January.
This cold with be with us much of January. Note the lobes of intense cold that begin to plunge southward as the Polar Vortex weakens & more upper ridging develops over the northeast Pacific.
These are projected highs around January 3:
Projected highs around January 9.............below zero lows are possible:
Projected highs around January 12...........lows will likely be below zero:
Projected highs around January 15:
Highs around January 18..........this is brutal cold with lows to -20 here:
Model data does have snow on the ground for much of January. The depth will likely fluctuate, but an average of 2-4" is projected on the ground at any given point early to late January at this point.
This is projected modeled snow depth mid-January: