Posted by MeteorologistĀ Angelica Campos

Clouds remain in charge, although a few peaks of sun can’t be ruled out for this Sunday.

Variable skies and a shift of wind direction out of the south will improve our temperatures to the mid and upper 30s today. We should continue to climb the temperature latter, making it to the 40s on Monday before a strong cold front arrives by midweek.

Rain will begin to develop on Monday night, continuing into Tuesday and Wednesday; making a shift to snow later in the day.

Here’s an early look at our Christmas morning forecast surface map.

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Here’s how the Fox 8 Forecast looks for the first week of winter.

December’s temperature departure is just inside the “normal” range at +1.7Ā°F, thanks to three very warm days earlier in the week.

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But we are seeing a trend that will eventually encourage some of the colder air from the poles to ooze south of the Canadian border. One of the long-range parameters we keep an eye on is called the AO (Arctic Oscillation). Notice how it stays in the “mild mode” until we get closer to Christmas. After December 24th, it goes into the “cold mode,” where arctic air has a better chance to migrate south, away from the poles and into the USA.

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This will set up a potential snowfall for Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day after the rain early next Wednesday changes to show as the colder air is ushered into Ohio.

We will continue to monitor this system’s development with updates into next week.