SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Good news – confidence in the Christmas forecast has increased over the past two days.
Following Thursday's cooler trend, temperatures warm significantly across the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry heading into the weekend. High temperatures will likely exceed 80° in a few spots Saturday afternoon.
The warmth, however, comes ahead of a cold front. It is winter after all.
The leading edge of chillier air is forecast to push into northwestern Georgia Saturday evening, approaching the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry midday Sunday. A few showers may accompany the front, but Christmas Eve will not be a washout.
Cooler air gradually filters in Sunday afternoon as winds turn northerly.
Christmas morning temperatures appear to be chilly; upper 30s to upper 40s with a breeze. Christmas afternoon temperatures struggle to reach 60° in most areas under a mostly sunny sky.
The breeze may add to the chilly feel of the day.
Plan for a colder Christmas night with temperatures quickly cooling back into the 40s after sunset; bottoming out in the 30s to lower 40s Tuesday morning.
There is some uncertainty revolving around how long the cool spell lasts. Originally, data suggested a several-day stretch of cold temperatures. More recent model runs have backed off the cold air.
With that being said, the overall weather pattern favors at least one more significant cold front as we prepare to celebrate the new year.
We'll continue to fine tune the forecast and relay any adjustments on TV, at wtoc.com and in the WTOC Weather App.