It may be hard to believe, but Christmas is only 7 days away. It's been feeling like Christmas lately, but will this cold weather continue?
If you're looking forward to a White Christmas, unfortunately, the answer is no.
We'll start to see temperatures increase over the next few days, and the warming trend will continue into the weekend and early next week thanks to southerly winds.
The Climate Prediction Center's 6-10 day outlook, which runs from December 24th through December 28th, shows high probabilities of above average temperatures continuing into next week.
For now, I'm calling for highs in the low to mid 40s (today's average is 35) under mostly cloudy skies. A few light showers may be possible late on Christmas Day as a front approaches the area, but chances are only about 20% right now.
How does this upcoming Christmas compare to other Christmases?
Peoria generally sees a White Christmas, which is defined as 1" of snow on the ground on Christmas Day, about 1 in 3 years. According to the National Weather Service in Lincoln, IL, Peoria has had a White Christmas 39 of the last 114 years (34.2%).