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Christmas Forecast: Heavy Rain Thursday, Then Freezing Cold Snap

Storm Team4 says Santa is set to deliver an Arctic blast late on Christmas Eve

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Snow-lovers may get the gift of brief flurries delivered over Christmas, but overall the holiday forecast is giving a lot of excuses to stay cozy at home. Heavy rain Thursday and potential freezing on Friday could cause trouble for travelers.

Sunshine returns Tuesday and it will be quite blustery with highs in the 40s.

Wednesday will be the easiest travel day by far. After a cold start, there will be plenty of sunshine, not much of a breeze and afternoon highs getting close to 50°.

Rain is expected by sunrise Thursday and there's a 100% chance of precipitation. Amid heavy downpours in the afternoon, 1-2 inches of rainfall is likely.

A surge of warm will come with that moisture. Temperatures will likely reach 60°.

Stay weather-aware if traveling on Christmas Eve: Santa will be delivering an Arctic blast that could turn some rain to snow flurries — and ice on the roads.

A cold front will come through around midnight and bring a rapid drop in temperatures, from seasonably comfortable to below freezing by sunrise on Christmas morning.

Snow flurries are possible as the cold air rushes in. Don’t expect picturesque accumulation on the warm ground, however.

If you're traveling on Christmas Day, watch out for slick or icy spots on the road.

Christmas Day will be good for getting cozy inside: It will be blustery and cold with wind chills staying between 15-20° all afternoon.

There could be a passing snow flurry or snow shower as well.

Jupiter and Saturn will merge in the night sky to create a single "Christmas star" Monday. Chopper4 got a great shot of the planets Monday evening.

Skies will clear Friday night and temperatures will drop into the teens by Saturday morning.

The weekend will give you better weather for outdoor activities. Saturday looks sunny with highs around 32° and Sunday will be sunny with highs close to 40°. 

Stay with Storm Team4 for the latest forecast

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