Christmas-time powerful storm is ahead.
Blizzard will occur in the Northern Plains with a massive area of damaging gradient winds with gusts +60 mph from Alberta to Montana to Kansas.
Flooding will occur with heavy rain over deep snow pack with sudden 50s in the Northeast. Some areas still have 2 FEET of snow on the ground. Put 50s & 1-2" rainfall on that & you have a recipe for flooding scenario, some of it substantial.
High wind event will also develop in the Northeast.
Meanwhile, severe weather will occur Texas to Virginia to New Jersey. Multiple tornadoes are likely amidst wind & some large hail.
Clouds will increase tonight with temperatures 35-40 rising to 40-45 late as south-southwest winds increaseto 25-40 mph late. Skies will become mostly cloudy to cloudy, but a good chunk of the area should be able to see the Great Conjunction of Jupiter & Saturn this evening in the west. The two will remain close and visible until January 7th.
The closest the two will get by declination or the distance north or south from the equator (meaning the brightest they’ll be) is actually on December 25th. So plan a viewing as part of your Christmas celebrations! Astrologically, the meeting of the two planets is said to be a time of "cultural reset and the dawn of a new era" after a tumultuous time.
It looks like very windy, warmer Wednesday with 50s. A few showers will give way to more widespread rainfall with time.
There are signs of a squall line (line of brief wind-driven downpour of rain) along the cold front with isolated gusts to 55 mph. If it were more unstable, this would be a squall line of severe storms. If we do end up just a hair warmer & unstable then we will need to get into so severe risk talk (wind).
Gradient south-southwest gusts 20-30 mph with gusts 40-50 mph are likely tomorrow.
Temperatures will tank tomorrow night with west to northwest gusts 40-50 mph with temperatures falling from the 50s to the 20s (wind chills to 6-15).
Some snow showers & flurries are possible.........not only later Wednesday night, but Thursday morning & then again Thursday night. A dusting is possible in some areas.
This still does not look like a White Christmas (1" or more of snow on the ground on Christmas morning).
Winter mosaic (blue = snow....rust = freezing rain...pink/purple = sleet...green = rain):
Much of the area is looking at 0.30-0.60" rainfall from this system (lesser amounts far northwest & heaviest amounts south to southeast).
After brief cold snap wtih 20s Christmas Eve & Day, we will warm up rapidly with strong winds next weekend with rain by Sunday.
Rain is still possible around December 30-31 after brief icy mix to start.
Better potential of accumulating snowfall &/or ice will occur January 1-10 with more consistent chill.
Much warmer weather should occur mid to late January with temperatures averaging above normal with above normal precipitation.