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Hoping for a White Christmas? Hope it will come next year as local weather forecasters say high pressure will keep out snows as temperatures soar into the 70s on Christmas Day. Tonight will be clear with lows in the low 50s.

Throughout the holiday weekend, the region is expected to stay dry, sunny and warm through early next week as days will be sunny and in the 70s, with temperatures dropping to the 50s at night.  Officials say holiday travelers should look for more police on state highways.

In other news:

Biden nominates S.C.’s Childs for federal appellate bench.  President Biden has nominated U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs of South Carolina to serve on the federal appellate bench for the District of Columbia. Childs, who has served as a federal judge since 2010, has a law degree from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in law from Duke University. More: AP News

COVID-19 cases are spiking.  State health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases is much higher now than it was in June as residents may face long lines to get tested due to holiday schedules.  “In June of 2021, we were seeing fewer than 100 new cases a day, now we are seeing more than 2,000 more cases a day,” Dr. Jane Kelly, assistant state epidemiologist, told WIS-TV. The percentage of positive COVID-19 tests was reported at 11.1% yesterday, officials said. More: WIS TV

Where to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas in Charleston area. Christmas is here again, which means many local restaurants will close doors for the 24th and 25th to celebrate the holiday. But don’t worry, a good handful of Charleston restaurants will be open, so bring the family and celebrate with a local business. More: Charleston City Paper

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