2:30 PM | Wild, wet, windy and warm on Christmas Eve...New Year's Day to likely have quite a different feel to it than Christmas Day
Looks like a wild, wet, windy and warm Christmas Eve in the Mid-Atlantic region with enough heavy rain to cause some concern about localized flooding conditions. Heavy rain is gathering stream right now across the southeastern part of the country and it is headed in our general direction. While it will not rain continuously during this storm, there can be heavy rain at just about anytime from late tonight into early Thursday. Thunderstorms are also possible in the Mid-Atlantic region later tomorrow and tomorrow night with the greatest chance in the southern and eastern sections (e.g., Delmarva Peninsula, coastal New Jersey). Winds will also be an important factor during this storm with increasingly strong southerly winds on Wednesday shifting to a westerly direction on Thursday following the passage of a cold frontal system. While slightly cooler air will move into the I-95 corridor on Thursday behind the cold front, it’ll be above-normal for this time of year and the relatively mild weather will continue on Friday and Saturday as well. Truly cold air looks like it may arrive early next week following another storm system and it is quite likely that New Year’s Day will have quite a different feel to it than will Christmas Day.