WARM UP IN THE WORKS FOR NOW...
Some parts of the Midwest still have snow on the ground after last week's storm. The snow and colder air in overhead have held temperatures down over the last week.
Temperatures finally got above freezing Thursday and snow started to melt away as well. Temperatures will get warmer in the new week as a ridge of high pressure builds in the upper levels of the atmosphere:
Each day will have a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures will build each day. And most, if not all, of the snow will melt away in the next few days.
An arctic cold front will be moving through Wednesday, which you can see above from the northwest in the image above. That front will bring in a big shot of cold air just in time for Christmas. There is a chance there's a bit of snow that comes along the front as well Wednesday night into Thursday:
And then you can see that ridge we talked about earlier gets replaced with a big 'ol trough -- arctic air for the end of the week:
This will lead to a much colder Christmas Eve and Christmas, especially compared to last year (when temperatures were in the 50s and we set records!).