An active weather pattern will continue across the country for travelers over the Christmas holiday period. Rain and snow will be found across the West and North. Good travel conditions with relative mild temperatures and mostly dry weather will be found in the South and East.
On Friday, a low pressure center moving through the west will bring in areas of snow to the mountains and Pacific Northwest. Rain is possible in California. A weaker storm system will create some snow showers into the Great Lakes, but warmer temperatures will be felt. Some rain showers are possible in the Ohio Valley. With high pressure controlling weather across the South and East, the region will see comfortable temperatures with nearly perfect travel conditions.
The low pressure center moving across the West will push eastward into the Front Range and Southwest on Saturday. Heavy mountain snows will continue, with a few showers in the lower elevations in the Southwest. A few departing rain and snow showers will move out of the Northeast and Mid Atlantic states. Mild temperatures and dry weather will continue for the South and Southeast.
On Christmas Sunday, a stronger low pressure center will likely bring significant snows from the Rockies into the Northern Plains. Rain is possible ahead of the low through the Great Lakes and Central Plains, although some areas may see a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain where temperatures will likely be below freezing in the morning. Thunderstorms will be possible ahead of the cold front in the South Central U.S., and some of those storms could be strong. Warm and dry weather will continue for the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico regions. The Pacific Coast will see quieter weather
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels