Santa’s sleigh had better come with windshield wipers.
Rain was expected to move in by Monday afternoon and last through Christmas morning, the National Weather Service predicted. What will begin as rain after 3 p.m. Monday will remain rain, with daily highs ranging from 45 to 57 this week, dashing hopes of a white Christmas for Jersey Shore residents.
According to the weather service’s office in Mount Holly, rain will begin by late Monday afternoon and continue Monday night with east winds remaining steady at about 6-7 m.p.h. Monday’s high will be 45 degrees. The rain will continue Tuesday with a high of 53 degrees, as east winds will continue blowing 8-10 m.p.h.
Rain may get heavier between Tuesday night and Wednesday. The high Wednesday – Christmas Eve – will be 57 degrees, with periods of heavy rain predicted to fall at times. Rainfall totals on Wednesday may add up to a half-inch to three quarters of an inch. The rain – still heavy at times – will continue Wednesday night with a low temperature of 44 degrees.
For Christmas day, the rain will finally taper off, though a chance of showers will remain throughout the day. Otherwise, the day will be breezy with a high of 51 degrees.
The days following Christmas are forecast to be sunny, the weather service predicted.