Extended outlooks are more general in nature than the daily short term forecasts. Beyond a week, there is often significant uncertainty in the location and intensity of specific weather events. I will note where there is less, or greater, confidence than normal in these extended outlooks.
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Here is the latest short term weather forecast.
- Calmer weather for most of the country compared to the past few days.
- After this weekend, the east returns to near-normal temperatures; colder than average in New England and across the western Northern Plains.
- Still not looking great for a white Christmas in the East south of interior New England or the Adirondacks. Ample snow in the higher elevations of the West.
Outlook for Friday – Sunday 17-19 December:
— Low pressure develops in the Ohio River Valley Friday night, then brings snow, sleet and freezing rain to upstate NY and interior New England Saturday and Saturday night.
— West coast storm brings heavy rain and mountain snows to WA and OR Saturday and Sunday
— Rain for much of the Southeast on Sunday.
— By Sunday, above average temperatures retreat to the Southern Plains and Southwest. The rest of the country has at or below normal temperatures.
Outlook for Monday – Wednesday 20-22 December:
— Rain and higher elevation snow for the West Coast from central CA northwards on Monday.
— On Tuesday a developing low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico brings heavy rain to the eastern Gulf and FL. More rain for northern CA north of San Francisco.
— Widespread rain and high elevations snows for the West Coast on Wednesday; snow moves into the Inter-mountain West and the Northern Rockies. Rain ending over the Southeast.
Here are the temperature, precipitation and snowfall outlooks for Friday – Wednesday 17-22 December
Here is the temperature and precipitation outlooks for Tuesday – Saturday 21-25 December
Here is the temperature and precipitation outlooks for Thursday – Wednesday 23-29 December