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Sunny Saturday, mild temps expected into Christmas week

Posted at 10:06 AM, Dec 21, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A mostly sunny Saturday is on tap with the much talked about warming trend continuing. The mercury will be pushing into the lower half of the 40s this afternoon. Some models have indicated the potential for some low clouds to drift into sections north of I-96 later this morning into the afternoon but it appears that most of us will be experiencing plentiful sunshine through the day. Southwest winds will be a bit breezy at times around 15 mph helping contribute to the above normal temperatures.

A mostly clear to partly cloudy evening tonight may evolve into more cloudiness in the overnight as lows drop into the lower 30s. Sunday can offer up some patchy fog or low clouds to start but a good amount of sunshine is anticipated heading into the afternoon. Temperatures get even milder and head for the middle 40s. Southwest winds will continue on the breezy side at times near 15 mph. The sunny and mild weather rolls into Monday with numbers pushing into the upper 40s. The prospect for a 50 degree temperature is still on the table.

Christmas Eve Tuesday will likely see clouds increase throughout the day but the dry weather is to be maintained. Highs on Tuesday hit the low to mid 40s. A weak disturbance will bring extensive cloudiness for Christmas Day Wednesday along with the potential for some spotty drizzle during the afternoon and evening. The drizzle potential will carry into the first half of Thursday as well. Expect seasonably mild highs on Wednesday and Thursday not far from 40 degrees.

Our next system of substance does not arrive until at some point on Saturday into Sunday of next weekend with what looks to be a mainly rain event. Some cooler air appears to be on target for the following workweek, but nothing truly arctic in nature is clearly showing on the models as of yet.