Warm weather for a few days followed by mid-week rain

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Mostly cloudy conditions hang tough across the Commonwealth as temperatures warm into the 50's for many spots. Some of the computer models show highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s on Christmas, but for now I will keep the forecast warmer and watch the trends for a few more days before going that cold. The wind will come from the southwest at 10-15 miles per hour.

Your 7-Day Planning Forecast showcases a mild Tuesday, Wednesday's high rain chance, a seasonably cool Thursday, and then above-average temperatures for Christmas weekend.

Wednesday: Showers likely, with some of the rain heavy at times. Any last minute Christmas shopping that weekend will have to endure morning temperatures in the teens and daytime highs only getting as warm as the 30s.

Gloomy skies will win out once again as we head throughout today.

TONIGHT: Cloudy skies and a few spotty rain showers are possible tonight, with a chilly overnight low temperature of 40 degrees. Even though we won't see much sun, the afternoon will be a touch milder than recent days.

Last-minute shoppers may want to get those stocking stuffers before Saturday or plan to bundle up as the high is expected to top out at 6 degrees. It'll be nice to see some sunshine for the mid-week but clouds will quickly increase Friday with rain likely by the afternoon and evening. But we're watching closely. Clouds return Wednesday along with a 70 percent chance of snow, mainly after noon and before midnight.

Your 7-Day Planning Forecast includes Christmas!.so it's a flawless time to look at Wilmington's Christmas temperautre climatology. This front will not have any moisture to work with, so rain stays out of the forecast. Outside of that, the rest of Christmas Day is shaping up to be a mostly cloudy day with morning temperatures in the upper 20s and afternoon readings in the upper 30s. The chances for a white Christmas continue to rise as we edge closer to the big day. Cold and frosty Thursday night in the north of the country, but remaining mild in the south. Risk of fog, mostly in the north.