Friday, December 21, 2012

December 22nd, 2012 Forecast

Well, we survived.  If you were counting on the end of the world to not buy your Christmas gifts, you're out of luck.  We also survived a rather nasty overnight storm that raked across the eastern 2/3rd of the country over the last few days.  Along the coastal areas, tidal flooding was recorded and even here in Philadelphia, flooding had caused a portion of Delaware Ave./Columbus Blvd. to be closed for a brief period of time this morning.  So, first came the water, now we're dealing with wind.  Wind Advisories are up for the entire area and flood warnings are still being issues for various streams and creeks.  The Wunderground site has a good page with updated warnings and the Public Information Statement with updated rainfall totals and wind gusts.  The site is set for Philadelphia County, but has information for the area.

Tonight, skies will turn mostly clear and frigid as temperatures, which have pretty much fallen throughout the day, fall into the lower 30's around the metro and to the south and east, and dipping into the upper 20's to the north and west.  It's important to mention that and standing water on sidewalks and roadways could freeze, so be careful driving and watch you step.  Wind still breezy tonight, out of the west at 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.  Tomorrow, the winds pick up again as we're going to be under that Wind Advisory.  Skies will be partly sunny but a few flurries could eek out of any clouds.  Highs will be in the lower to mid-40's around the city and to the south and east and might not even get out of the 30's tomorrow in some northern and western suburbs.  Winds howl at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 anticipated. Make sure your holiday decorations are secured if they are outside, or even better, bring them in.

Winds relax a bit on Sunday under mostly sunny skies, but still breezy at times.  High's top out in the mid-40's.  For Christmas Eve, skies ill be mostly clear, so Santa can find his way well around these parts.  Highs will be back to the lower to mid-40's and lows around the freezing mark, so if you go caroling  bundle up!  Christmas Day will start mostly sunny and "Ho-Ho-Cold" but clouds will build in towards the latter half of the day.  We've been mentioning the storm system that will affect the northeast for sometime now.  Right now, I still think the timing will bring the rain and snow into the area after Christmas.  I'm sorry to say, I don't see a White Christmas in the works this year.  Precipitation will start early on Wednesday with both rain and snow showers.  This far out, it's too early to tell what type of precipitation will fall and the exact timing.  Thursday, highs dip into the upper 30's with scattered rain and snow showers persisting.  By Friday, we'll see skies clear and leaving up with cold conditions, and high's in the upper 30's.

The timing could still be adjusted, so keep it here at for the latest on the coming storm.