Major pattern change next week

Good Wednesday, folks. We continue to deal with a very mild overall pattern through the weekend, but a major change is on the way for next week. This change is loaded with winter, just in time for the Christmas season.

Temps Wednesday will be mild, ranging from the low 50s north to near 60 in the south. Skies stay partly sunny.

Showers move in Thursday as a cold front crosses the state. This isn’t a ton of rain, but a quarter of an inch looks likely for many areas. Temps behind this front will come down Friday, with highs in the upper 40s to start December.

The weekend is another windy and mild one, so soak it up.

As we look into next week and the following week, this is about as stable of a pattern change as we will ever see on the ensembles forecast.

The European ensembles show a deep trough that doesn’t budge because of  mega blocking showing up to our north:

The seasonal model known as the CFS continues to head toward the ideas we have been talking about for a while. Look at the five-day average temperature departures showing up on the run from Dec. 9 to 13:

Keep in mind, those are in Celsius!

Let’s skip ahead to the five days surrounding Christmas:

New Year’s:

The first 12 days of January:

Have a great day and take care.

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