Suchan Says: Taste of Spring in December

The next seven days of weather will certainly not look or feel the part of December!  Temperatures each afternoon will soar above typical daytime highs which by next week are only in the lower 40s.  It’s very possible we’ll see a couple days in the lower 60s!


Pattern for next week producing warm temperatures

The reason for this unseasonably mild weather can be seen with one look at the dominant flow pattern across the country.  The primary storm track with the polar front is in southern Canada keeping cold air bottled well away from the U.S. as Pacific maritime air flows across the country producing short sleeve weather.  As for storminess, the Pacific Northwest will be getting hammered with multiple storms over the next week while the rest of the country enjoys a quiet stretch of weather.

Now there are strong signals in a couple of weeks we’ll see a fundamental shift in the pattern allowing shots of colder polar air to sink south into the country along with the storm track getting suppressed to the south as well.  This should put us back into a pattern more typical for December and keep hope alive for a little winter weather before Christmas.


Forecast mid December pattern to develop


Forecast high temperatures compared to average

As for this weekend, Saturday looks great with just some scattered high thin clouds passing across.  It will be breezy and mild with a high near 53.

Saturday night has a weak system approaching with increasing clouds.  It’s possible a few areas of drizzle or light rain showers develop into early Sunday with lows in the upper 30s to near 40.

Sunday starts cloudy with a few sprinkles or stray shower.  Skies will become partly sunny during the afternoon with highs up around 51.


Mostly Sunny Saturday afternoon


Sunday Morning: Cloudy with drizzle or a couple light rain showers


Sunday Afternoon: Turns partly sunny

Chris Suchan
Chief Meteorologist

Twitter:  @ChrisSuchanKCTV
Twitter:  @KCTV5Weather



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