Reported by: Chief Meteorologist Joe Murgo
The mild December pattern continued today with temperature pushing into the 50s despite some clouds and showers. Rain has pushed back into the region this afternoon and we will have rain, some of which will be heavy early tonight. There likely will be a little lull then another slug of rainfall later tonight as a front approaches from the west. There will also be areas of fog tonight with mild low temperatures in the 40s. This cold front will slip through from the west to the east during the day Tuesday. Temperatures will fall along with a gusty wind on Tuesday with rain showers changing to snow showers and flurries through the day. There may even be a covering of snow on some of the higher elevations of the Laurel Highlands. Another disturbance will likely enhance clouds and the chance for a couple of flurries Tuesday night perhaps into early Wednesday. Then the rest of Wednesday will feature a mix of clouds and sunshine with a high in the lower 40s. A stronger storm and front will bring an increase in cloudiness Thursday morning followed by a steadier rain later Thursday and Thursday night. Behind that front, we'll have a blast of cold moving in for the days leading up to the Christmas holiday. Friday and Saturday will be windy and much colder with plenty of clouds and numerous flurries and snow showers. The snow showers will bring accumulations to some of the higher elevations but it's too early to know the extent of any accumulations. Sunday will still be cold with leftover clouds and flurries. Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day both also look chilly despite some sunshine.