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Holiday Travel Weather & National Weather Service Outlook for Monday, December 23nd for Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis and Michiana

National Weather Outlook

National Radar Mosaic

National Weather Discussion

  • Soaking Rain in the Southeast U.S. with localized flooding possible
  • Scattered Showers and Mountain Snow in the Southwest and Intermountain West
  • Dry and Mild Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for Most

A moisture rich low pressure system will produce additional
rainfall across the coastal Southeast today. Heavy showers and
thunderstorms drenching Florida early this morning will move east
as a cold front passes through the Sunshine State. Lingering
showers will persist this afternoon before drier conditions return
Christmas Eve. Further north, a moderate risk for excessive
rainfall remains in effect today for coastal South Carolina as
rainfall rates could exceed 2″ per hour. Some locations may
receive as much as 7″ before rain tapers off Tuesday morning. The
Southeast will welcome a drier stretch of weather the second half
of Christmas Eve and pleasant conditions on Christmas Day.

Out west, an upper level trough continues to generate areas of
showers and mountain snow in the Southwest. Some showers will be
heavy at times in parts of Southern California this morning with a
few thunderstorms also possible. The threat for showers and
thunderstorms will push east into Nevada and Arizona today, then
into the Four Corners region on Christmas Eve. Higher elevations
of the Southwest and Intermountain West can expect wintry
conditions lasting into Christmas morning.

Santa could give Rudolph’s red nose a break across the eastern
half of the U.S. Christmas Eve night as dry conditions will be
common for most eastern regions. In fact, tranquil weather
conditions through Christmas Day will make for a nice stocking
stuffer from Mother Nature for those traveling through the
holiday. High temperatures in parts of the nation’s mid-section
will soar into the 60s while parts of the southern Plains reach
the 70s both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Temperature
anomalies will on average range between 10-15 degrees above normal
from the Great Plains to the Northeast through mid-week.


Little or no precipitation is expected through Friday across southern Wisconsin. Through the week, temperatures will remain very mild for this time of year…averaging about 15 to 20 degrees above normal.
The recent cold has allowed ice to form on some inland lakes of southern Wisconsin. However warmer, above seasonal normal temperatures will continue right through the Christmas holiday. Temperatures on Sunday, December 22nd will get close to record levels. The warm temperatures will weaken the ice and likely cause it to shrink or break apart. Stay safe this holiday, and avoid venturing out on the ice until cold weather returns.
Christmas Day Statistics for Milwaukee and Madison. Christmas Day 2019 is looking mild with a small chance for light rain.
Milwaukee Live Radar


Unseasonably mild and dry conditions are in store throughout much of Christmas week, with a chance of rain next Saturday. No significant holiday travel impacts are expected. Patchy fog is possible near and south of the Kankakee River late tonight into Monday morning. A weak cold front passage Monday afternoon could keep far northern Illinois in the 40s, with 50s likely for the remainder of the area. There is perhaps a better chance for patchy fog Monday night into Tuesday morning, followed by many locations in the 50s Christmas Eve afternoon. Expect more of the same Christmas Day, highs in the 40s and 50s, coolest north.
Chicago Radar


High pressure will keep dry and quiet weather over central Indiana through the holiday week. Temperatures will be above normal and skies will be mostly clear to partly cloudy through mid week. Cloud cover will increase late week as a low pressure system develops to our west.
Indianapolis Radar


The pattern of much above normal temperatures will continue through the remainder of the week. High temperatures today will range from the low to mid 50s under mostly sunny skies. Some patchy fog is possible both this morning and Tuesday morning. Christmas day will feature high temperatures back into the low to mid 50s, but clouds will increase for Thursday and Friday with an eventual chance of rain for Saturday and Sunday.
Michiana Radar

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