Christmas forecast for Kilkenny predicts balmy temperatures

Thursday forecast: cloudy skies for the day, rain to return by Friday night in Polk County

Thursday forecast: cloudy skies for the day, rain to return by Friday night in Polk County

By the end of next week, we should start to warm back up though. Low temperatures will once again be mild as temperatures drop down into the upper 40s. Thursday's forecast calls for a chance of freezing drizzle before 1 p.m. And some areas mainly south of Buffalo could be dealing with freezing rain and icy roads for the morning commute on Friday.

The sun will rise at 7:53:07 a.m. today and will set at 5:05:05 p.m. There will be a north northwest wind of 5 to 7 miles per hour. Low about 37. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Syracuse- A pair of storm systems will target Central New York this weekend with rain and snow.

The cold front passes through and rain chances decrease on Christmas Eve along with temperatures. North wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. Northwest wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. Christmas Day looks dry but cold with high temperatures in the low to mid 30s.

Travelers heading north to Dallas should bundle up because temperatures are expected stay mainly in the 40s.

Gas Prices Soar Over Last Year, Down on the Month
The average price for a gallon of gas in CT is $2.65 ($2.67), $2.63 in NY ($2.65) and $2.71 in Pennsylvania ($2.73). The price of gas is up 11 percent from previous year at this time, when it cost $2.20.

Another system will try to spin up on Christmas morning, clipping New England with another round of precipitation. Tuesday will have a high of 34 and Wednesday a high of 37. Warming temperatures and associated snowmelt coupled with the possibility of periods of moderate to heavy rain could lead to an elevated potential for localized flooding during this time frame, the Weather Service said.

Other memorable Christmas weather includes a blizzard in 2009 that dumped nearly 8 inches of snow. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 miles per hour in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 50. These readings will be about 20 degrees above normal for this time of year.

For the record, snow has never been reported in Austin on Christmas Day, except for a trace amount in 1939.

The wettest Christmas in Austin was in 2000, when Mabry recorded 1.52 inches of rain. For those heading west toward El Paso, daytime temperatures will only be slightly warmer with highs in the upper 50s, according to the latest weather service forecast there. So far this month, daily highs have averaged 48.8 degrees and lows 24.3.

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