The only snowmen residents of Hamilton and surrounding counties are likely to see this Christmas holiday are the ones cavorting on the wrapping paper shrouding their presents.
The area will get snow during the next couple of days, according to current weather forecasts; there’s an 80 percent chance that a mixture of light rain and snow will fall overnight.
Children playing outside Christmas morning after opening their gifts also can expect to see snow showers, forecasters said, but total accumulation through the day is expected to be less than one inch.
Here is a detailed breakdown of the weather predicted for this area between now and New Year’s Day:
Today: Sun and clouds mixed. High near 45F. Winds light and variable.
Tonight: A slight chance of rain and snow in the evening, then snow likely after midnight. Snow early in the morning. Snow accumulation less than 1 inch. Lows in the upper 20s. Light winds. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.
Christmas day: Cloudy. Snow likely in the morning and early afternoon, then a chance of snow late in the afternoon. Snow accumulation less than 1 inch. Total snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Highs in the mid 30s. Temperature steady or slowly falling in the afternoon. Northwest winds 10 mph or less. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Christmas night: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Dec 26: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Dec 27: Snow showers at times. Highs in the mid 30s and lows in the low 20s.
Dec 28: Plenty of sun. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the mid 20s.
Dec 29: Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 40s and lows in the low 30s.
Dec 30: Showers. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the upper 30s.
Dec 31: Showers possible. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the low 30s.
Jan 1: Occasional showers possible. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the low 30s.