Temperatures surged into the 50’s Tuesday here in West Central Ohio with another very warm day expected Christmas Eve. This is definitely well above where we would expect temperatures to be for this time of year as our average high here is around 35 degrees! So as you may have guessed, these warm temperatures won’t give us a very good chance to see accumulating snow on the ground this year for the holiday.
Here is a look at my Christmas forecast as of Tuesday.
A Strengthening area of low pressure will continue to lift northeast toward us here in West Central Ohio tomorrow spreading rain into the region.
As this low approaches, rain showers will move back into West Central Ohio overnight tonight into Wednesday morning.
By Wednesday afternoon, a cold front and strengthening area of low pressure will pass through. This will bring the potential for brief heavy downpours into the second half of the day Christmas Eve along with very breezy conditions. ALSO, take note of the temperatures in the region topping out in the upper 50’s!
Winds tomorrow afternoon and evening will also be sustained out of the SW from 20 to 30 miles per hour. We could see gusts upwards of 40 or 50 miles per hour as well!
Rain totals through 8 PM Christmas Eve could total around a half-inch.
Once the aforementioned cold front and area of low pressure move through and begin to pull off to the north temperatures will QUICKLY drop. By sunrise Christmas morning temperatures will have plummeted nearly 20 degrees with any lingering rain showers switching to light snow.
But the million dollar question is this, will we see any accumulations? I doubt it. The ground will simply be too warm from two consecutive 50+ degree days. We may be able to eek out a dusting on elevated and grassy surfaces, but for the most part the snow will probably melt fairly quickly.
REMEMBER, you can also track the rain and snow on our weather app!
I hope everyone has a happy and safe Christmas holiday!