Anyone dreaming of a white Christmas in Beaufort County this year likely will have to watch snow fall on TV.
It could be a little chilly next weekend — Christmas Eve and Christmas Day — but right now it doesn’t look like temperatures will dip low enough for snow or ice, National Weather Service meteorologist Carl Barnes said Sunday morning in Charleston. He called this week a “temperature roller coaster.”
Sunday is on track to see a near-record high of about 80 in the inland with some rain beginning to fall and some thick cloud coverage, Barnes said.
A cold front will be rolling in Sunday night, bringing cooler temperatures and rain, Barnes said. It’s looking like rain all day Monday with temperatures in the 50s, but the rain should be on its way out starting Monday night, leaving Tuesday with low chances of rain and temperatures in the 40s. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will warm back up a bit, leading up to the holiday.
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Christmas Eve will be chillier — low of 40 — but should be without any ice, Barnes said. Christmas Day should be mild with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s and no foreseen inclement weather.
The lack of ice and snow should make for safer roads for holiday travel. AAA is forecasting more than 103 million Americans will travel during the holidays this year — the highest number on record, according to the company’s news release. Most travelers are planning to drive, thanks to lower gas prices as well as “ additional consumer spending, a result of improvements in the labor market and rising wages.”
As always, “there’s plenty of time for changes” in the weather forecast, but “it’s definitely not looking like we’ll have a white Christmas,” Barnes said.