January 20, 2018

Week of Christmas expected to be sunny, brisk and cold

22 December 2017, 01:09 | Kara Nash

Messy Snow Ahead, More on Way for Christmas

A seasonably chilly, but sunny, day for the arrival of the Winter Solstice

Winter officially begins at 11:28 am Thursday! However, snow estimates are only best two days out max, so look out for my holiday weekend weather update Friday for a more accurate snowfall prediction. A cold front should move through before sunrise Friday.

Met Éireann is forecasting temperatures of between 9 and 10 degrees Celsius over Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day in Kilkenny.

Thursday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 54 and a south wind from 5 to 10 miles per hour.

Thursday. Cold. Wind chill will be a factor with breezy north winds, especially in the morning.

Things cool to pretty frigid after the passing of a cold front Saturday. High temperatures Friday should be in in the 40s.

A surface low will track northeast along the boundary into the Ohio Valley by Friday evening.

The sun will rise at 7:53:07 a.m. today and will set at 5:05:05 p.m.

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"Confidence is high in a return to a much colder and snowier pattern for the region starting about Christmas Day and lingering at least into mid next week", the National Weather Service said, but "there remains plenty of uncertainty in the day-to-day details".

Weather service historical data show that the teeth-chattering Texas temperatures on Christmas Eve might make Santa's sleigh ride a little frostier than usual, but it won't be his worst silent night in Austin. It's very early so this is a rough estimate, but for now if I had to put a number on it I'd say 1 to 3 inches are possible by early Christmas morning.

The average temperature this December has been -4.2 C, Phillips said normally December's average temperature is -12 C.

The first day of winter will feel like winter, but the weather will stay quiet with quite a few clouds and temperatures not climbing any higher than the 20s. Measuring precipitation from May through to August it was also the second driest summer in 132 years.

Christmas Day temperatures at Camp Mabry - Austin's main weather station - have been as bone-chilling as 10 degrees (1983) and as sweaty as 90 degrees (1955). It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

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