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Week Ahead: Rainy But Not Terribly Cold

A December to forget for snow lovers continues with a generally rainy and mild week of weather ahead.

The coming week will be mild, snowless and with a few shots of rainfall. There are no signs of Arctic-like cold on the horizon but the weekend will be colder than what we'll experience for much of the week.

A stormier pattern will rule the roost overall but with the jet stream generally pushing storm systems through at a quick pace, these storms won't have time to organize, strengthen or set up a more favorable pattern for snow lovers in their wake.  

The coldest air is currently locked over northwest Canada and Alaska and is likely to stay there for rest of December, although occasional glances of colder air will push down. This weekend will be one of those glances.

Rain is possible later Monday into early Tuesday with the next of these storm systems, followed by a dry day on Wednesday before clouds increase ahead of the next storm system.

The Thursday storm system will track to our northwest and push a mild rain through the region on Thursday night into Friday morning before departing. This storm will be a bit stronger and should pull down the cold shot that was mentioned earlier.  Instead of 50s, which will be common for high temperatures for much of the week, more typical 40s will result for next weekend's high temperatures.

There is a chance of yet another storm system on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day – with modeling hinting as of now that the storm track pushes west of us again, which means more rain.

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Tom Thunstrom is the editor and publisher of Phillyweather.net. You can also follow Phillyweather.net on twitter at @phillywx or on Facebook.

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