Jennifer Edwards-Baker reports:
Warmer-than-usual weather that arrives this week, bringing temperatures that will hit 60 degrees by Wednesday, will stick around through the Christmas holiday.
There’s no chance for measurable snow – or any snow – through at least Dec. 27, according to Accuweather.
Temperatures will be above or at the normal daily high of 42. The Christmas Day forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 50 degrees.
So far this winter, just traces of snow have fallen Dec. 7 and Dec. 9, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
In late November, a scant .4 inches was recorded at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Still, it’s not considered one of the least snowiest starts to winter.
At least 20 other winters have featured no snow the first two weeks of December, said meteorologist Andrew Snyder.
And six Decembers – in 1982, 1971, 1940, 1941, 1931 and 1908 – saw no snow, he said.
While snow has been on the slim side so far this winter, there has been plenty of rain.
In fact, 2011 is the wettest year on record with a stunning 69.9 inches of rain recorded so far with just over two weeks to go before New Year’s.
More rain is expected this week. There’s a 70 percent chance of light showers Tuesday night through Wednesday morning and then again later Wednesday afternoon.
In all, less than a tenth of an inch will fall both days.
Highs will be in the upper 40s Tuesday.
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