NBC5 Forecast: Mild Start to Winter Today, Cold Rain for Friday

Drizzle in today's forecast, black ice possible tonight

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Mostly fair skies should continue Wednesday night.

Monday, Christmas Day, it will be partly sunny with a high near 37, the weather service said.

Widespread snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches across lower elevations in this region through Friday evening is expected with amounts of over 6 inches possible in higher elevations in the Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Green and White mountains. While models aren't trending quite as cold as 24-48 hours ago, expect temperatures to be about 10-15 degrees below normal for late December.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. It will surge over the top of stubborn cold air near the surface Friday night into Saturday in parts of north central MA and northern and western New England in particular.

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By late afternoon and evening areas south of there will start to change over to plain rain as warmer air moves up from the south. Low temperatures Friday morning should be in the upper 30s. Let's take a day by day look at the expected conditions leading up to Christmas. High temperatures Friday should be in in the 40s.

An additional weather concern, however, arrives later Friday night into Saturday. A FIRST ALERT for travel impacts due to heavy rainfall for folks heading to Little Rock or Memphis Friday into Saturday morning.

Look for a mostly sunny day on Tuesday with a morning start near freezing once again and an afternoon high in the low 50s.

This arctic assault, represented by cold front pushing deep into the heart of Texas on Sunday, won't encounter much moisture, so Texans ought to enjoy a largely storm-free yet frigid Christmas, forecasters say.

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Mixed precipitation is expected.

Thursday: Patchy fog is possible this morning with temperatures starting off in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

The coldest Christmas temperature in Austin - as recorded at Camp Mabry, the city's main weather station - was a nighttime low of 10 degrees in 1983. Cold temperatures and winter precipitation are in the forecast for the Christmas stretch drive.

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