December’s first three weeks have been running exceptionally mild averaging 40.0 degrees, nearly 11 degrees above the long-term average making it the city’s seventh warmest on record. That is about to chance as a pre-Christmas cold snap delivers the coldest weather of the season. Saturday should finally bring the city its first subfreezing high with the mercury expected to peak around 30 degrees. Daily high temperature readings are expected to hold in the lower and middle 30s right through the Christmas holiday with overnight lows dropping into the teens and 20s. Temperatures will even be lower in areas well to north and west of the city where Thursday’s storm delivered a substantial snow pack.
Even though the city missed out on accumulating snowfall Thursday, a weather disturbance passing through the southern Midwest brings a chance for some snow or flurries on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, keeping hopes alive for the possibility of an 11th-hour white Christmas.