'Twas The Rain Before Christmas....
Well here we are just days ahead of Christmas and temperatures are in the upper 50's.
We have a series of storms tracking their way across the region. And when I saw storms, I'm referring to Low pressure systems.
Rain will be ending Wednesday night for the area but we're not ready to dry out just yet. As this systems moves to the east we have a developing low over the gulf coast which will move northward into the Valley.
As you can expect with the Gulf moisture we can expect a fair amount of rain. Right now this system is still developing, and as it does so it seems to be on a slow track to the NE, so it looks like the rain will hold out until around sunset.
Here is the what we call QPF's, or Quantative Precipitation Forecast from the Hydrological Prediction Center. It's been a while since I've seen that large of a bullseye in our area. Typically rainfall is split up a bit more throughout the Valley and Highlands.
Might be a bit hard to see but we are falling directly in the 1" of rain spot.
Most of this will also happen within a relatively short amount of time, late evening Thursday night and the overnight hours into Friday.
As you can imagine, this does have some flooding concerns, especially along the Blue Ridge where we could see some easterly winds bringing in more moisture off the Atlantic.
Now there will be some colder air behind this system in place for Friday night, through Christmas weekend. But the only moisture sticking around would be off of the Great Lakes so the Western facing mountainside could see some flakes mixing in.
But it looks like it will just be another NOT White Christmas.
I should also mention that winter will officially be here at 12:30AM Thursday, but it will anything but winterlike with temperatures close to 50 around midnight.
But that also means that Thursday will be the "darkest day of the year" as we receive the fewest hours of daylight.