Christmas week weather: A little rain, a little snow


Whether you're traveling somewhere for the holidays or just need to finish up those last errands, this week's weather should be pretty decent, at least in the Midwest. We may get enough new snow to have a White Christmas come Thursday, but it won't amount to more than a few inches.

A pesky area of low pressure will continue to hang around through Christmas Eve causing our weather to be rather unsettled. Rain and snow chances remain high from now until Tuesday night.

Temperatures remain warm enough for a rain/snow mix until colder air from Canada pushes into Minnesota Wednesday.

The forecast for snow accumulation remains a bit tricky due to temperatures so close to the freezing mark. However, models are fairly consistent with as much as 2" to 4" of snow possible around the region.

That precipitation will fall over a three-day period. No major snows are expected at any given time. So, travel won't be perfect, but shouldn't be hindered much leading up to Christmas Day.

However, if you’re traveling to the East Coast, you may hit a snag with the weather on Christmas Eve, AccuWeather says. A winter storm is threatening two dozen states from Chicago to Boston Tuesday.

That storm is expected to bring strong winds, heavy snow, rain, thunderstorms and fog from the Midwest to the Northeast on Christmas Eve, which will likely create some major delays on the roads and at airports, AccuWeather notes.

So, on to the specific forecast for Minnesota:

Monday: Rain showers mixed with snow at times, Highs: mid 30s.

Monday Night: Snow showers, 1" of slushy accumulation, Lows: lower 30s

Tuesday: Rain/snow mix, 1" to 2" of accumulation possible, Highs: mid 30s

Tuesday Night: Light snow showers, trace to 1" possible, Lows: lower 30s

Christmas Eve: Flurries or light snow, little to no accumulation. Highs: lower 30s

Christmas Day: Mainly cloudy skies, Highs: upper 20s

Friday: Mix of sun and clouds, breezy, falling temperatures, Highs: lower 20s

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