Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Christmas Day will be sunny and chilly, but some wintry weather is possible later this week.

The weather be will be nice for Christmas Day with readings closer to what is expected at this time of year. The dry weather will last through Tuesday.

The next change in the weather will be a cold frontal passage late on Tuesday. Colder air will push into the area and the front will stall near the Gulf Coast.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected Wednesday through Friday with a chance for rain each day. It will be significantly colder with high temperatures in lower 40s for end of the week.

There will be a small chance of rain Wednesday, but Thursday into Friday more rain will move into the area.

Forecast models are indicating the potential for some freezing rain late Thursday into early Friday. There is still a lot of uncertainty in the forecast, but there is growing confidence there will be some wintry weather in the area towards the end of the week. Right now freezing rain appears to be the biggest threat.

This forecast will be watched closely over the next several days. There will likely be many changes and updates as we get closer to Thursday and Friday.

At this time, it appears that the wet weather will move out in time for the weekend. However, it will be cold and you will need to bundle up if you are going to be outside for New Year's Eve.