The chances of us having a white Christmas here in the Tri-Cities appears to be about 50-50 if you look at the National Weather Service reports, and if you have an optimistic spirit.
Yes, we've got a Hazardous Weather Outlook now, but the forecast varies between snow and no snow, below freezing and above freezing for the coming week.
Here's the NWS seven-day forecast for good old 41.88°N, 88.32°W, along with Patch play-by-play commentary in bold italics:
Today: Increasing clouds, with a temperature falling to around 38 by 5pm. North northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Wonderful weather for walking the dog, but not looking good for a white Christmas at this point.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Tuesday: A chance of snow YAY! before noon, then a chance of rain. AW! Cloudy, with a high near 39. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Still looking ominous. And by that we mean it's not looking ominous, snow-wise.
Wednesday: A chance of rain and snow before noon. Let's hope for snow—a sentence I can't believe I'm typing. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Calm wind becoming west northwest between 5 and 10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. What?!?!?!
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 33. OK, closer to freezing, at least.
And Friday night, a slight chance of snow. Now we're talking! Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Saturday: A slight chance of snow. Ta daaah! Partly sunny, with a high near 35. By night, mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Christmas Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 34. We're OK with the sunny and 34 so long as there's a little blanket of snow left over from Christmas Eve.