Falling rain and snow, then temps Christmas Eve

Afternoon temps in the 20s, snow for Santa

Merry Christmas Eve, Motown, and welcome to Thursday!

On the day before Christmas, it becomes blustery as raindrops and snowflakes fall in the morning. It quickly becomes colder for last-minute shoppers as the morning progresses. More snowflakes arrive to welcome Santa Claus and his nine reindeer (including Rudolph). It still feels and looks like winter for the start of Kwanzaa.

Thursday morning will be chilly and slippery. Rain changes to snow as the mercury plummets. Roads and sidewalks will be wet, then icy as families wake up and plan their day before the big holiday. The wintry mix dissipates shortly after breakfast time.

Temperatures fall from near 50 degrees before sunrise to freezing before breakfast and in the 20s afterward. Wind chills fall to the teens. The wind will be howling at 15 to 30 mph with gusts near 40 mph. Watch out for debris and falling tree branches while driving.

Sunrise is at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday afternoon will be cloudy as the mercury stays in the 20s with wind chills in the low and middle teens. It remains windy with a westerly wind blowing 10 to 20 mph; gusts over 30 mph. Make sure everyone, especially kids and seniors, cover their heads and extremities with their hats, scarves and gloves.

Sunset is at 5:06 p.m.

Snow showers return Thursday evening, to prep Santa and his sleigh for a good landing overnight. Temperatures will be in the 20s.

Thursday night will be cold with light snow providing a good half inch of fresh snow on rooftops and driveways for the Jolly ol’ Elf’s arrival. As children are sleeping, overnight lows will be in the teens. Kids, this is perfect delivery-weather for Santa and all of his reindeer.

Merry Christmas, Friday! Christmas Day is a White Christmas in my book. Despite the lack of an inch of snow on the ground in many neighborhoods, snowflakes will be falling with scattered snow showers. It will be cold and wonderful for staying indoors for opening presents and dinner. Highs will be in the upper 20s.

Happy Kwanzaa, Saturday! The holiday’s first day, Umoja - Community, will be partly sunny with morning snow showers. Cold, again, with afternoon temps near 30 degrees.

Sunday will be mostly cloudy and not as cold. Highs will be in the upper 30s.

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