Tonight's weather map shows a strong area of low pressure located near Chicago. To the north and west of its center heavy snow was falling while to the east the precipitation was mostly rain. This low will be over western Lake Ontario by Friday afternoon with an attached front running through southern New England. Out ahead of the front strong southeasterly winds can be expected here with gusts close to 50 mph possible near the coast. Those winds are going to send our temperatures well into the 40s so this is looking to be a mostly rain event except in the higher elevations where it should be just cold enough for several inches of snow. Once the front goes by us Friday evening the precipitation will taper to scattered showers and the winds will diminish. Saturday is looking to be a cloudy day with a few rain or snow showers as a cold front works its way through our region. Behind the front fair weather is expected for Sunday and Monday along with gradually falling temperatures. It is not looking very good for a white Christmas in Portland at this point.