Christmas, 1988 was relatively mild. The high on Christmas Day was 49 degrees. Christmas Eve had been rainy, and gray, whereas most evidence of the rain was gone by midnight on Christmas Day. The clouds cleared out by sunset, so that left the holiday cloudy. The next day,Boxing Day, was mostly cloudy, and relatively mild. The cloudy conditions continued on the next day, and the temperature was a bit lower, but not by much, with 41 degrees as the high.
Rain began during the late afternoon hours on the 28th. It became heavy after midnight. The high was close to 60 degrees. The weather during this time was hardly what you’d call winter. The 29th, dawned clear, but clouds returned by mid day. The temperatures fell during the afternoon, and were back into the 20′s by nightfall. December 30th, was an overcast day, and the temperatures were back into the freezing range.
The temperatures were back to the 40′s on New Years Eve. The weather was clear for the midnight hour. The temperatures actually dropped on New Years Day, and we were set for some very cold weather in the coming months.