I can't tell you what presents may be under the tree next week, but I can tell you what kind of weather Santa, Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer will have to muddle through to get them to you.
And after a weekend of warm air, and an early-week snow storm, it shouldn't be too difficult.
Warming this weekend
Unfortunately we won't see much of the sun, but temperatures are going to be rising into the weekend.
Will we see 40s and 50s like last weekend? Probably not, but look for highs in the lower to middle 30s, especially Sunday.
This would be about 10 degrees above average for late December.
Spotty snow showers are possible this weekend, mainly Sunday. In fact, it will likely be warm enough to see a few raindrops mixed in with snowflakes at times. Snowfall accumulations will not be a factor.
Snow early next week
The best chance of snow is certainly Monday.
An area of low pressure is forecast to swoop through the region, bringing some rain and snow. But it appears it will be cold enough for some snow accumulation especially in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Exact amounts are too tough to tell at this point – it will depend on the storm track and temperature at the time.
Regardless, get ready for a fresh coating of snow – which would be a change from the current ground color. Scanning the DNR's snow report (Friday's at right), you can see almost all Minnesotans are dealing with 0-1 inches of snow.
So, our chances of a white Christmas are looking better and better.
Cold and unsettled through Christmas
This same area of low pressure gets stalled out over the Great Lakes through the remainder of next week.
What does that mean? Well, skies are going to be mainly cloudy with several chances of light snow combined with cooling temperatures. No major snowstorms are forecast to hamper travel plans before or on Christmas Day.
So you and the family getting to grandma's should not be a problem – and Mr. Claus finding your chimney shouldn't be too tough either.
Here's a look at each day.
Tuesday: Light snow possible, highs in the lower 30s.
Christmas Eve: Light snow possible, breezy, highs in the upper 20s.
Christmas Day: Mostly cloudy, flurries, breezy, highs in the middle 20s.