Updated Sunday 5:25 p.m.
Welcome Winter Solstice! Astronomical winter began this afternoon (meteorological winter began December 1st), and even though the day was short, high temperatures still mananged to climb well into the middle 50s with partly sunny skies throughout the urban core. These temps are once again about 10 degrees above average, as we are generally closer to 45 degrees in late December in Seattle. With the warmth in place, snow levels ran very high, and the passes continued to pull down more rain than snow.
Things will cool down a bit overnight, with lows mainly in the 40s by dawn. We'll see some patchy fog for the commute, but the lowland roadways should stay fairly dry. Look for a few scattered showers throughout our Monday, but otherwise partly sunny skies and highs near 50 as we take in a break between wet weather systems.
The break is short-lived, as more wet weather steers in our direction for a soggy Tuesday and Wednesday. The rain will be moderate to heavy at times, and with highs in the low 50s, our snow levels will continue to run high through mid-week.
By later on Christmas Eve, skies settle down and we'll be mainly dry and partly starry after dark--nice enough weather for heading out to midnight mass or riding into the Sound on a sleigh. Christmas Day still looks cooler and mainly dry, with highs in the middle 40s and just a few scattered showers hanging around on Thursday.
Have a great night!
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team