UPDATE: Ask Josh Fitzpatrick: Will We Have Snow For Christmas?

What's our odds at a white Christmas this year? Will we have one? Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick has the answers!

I've received countless questions lately from viewers, my blog readers, Facebook and Twitter followers, "Are we going to have a white Christmas this year?" 

We all remember how lucky we got three years ago when we saw snow on the ground Christmas day!  In fact many of you had snow on the ground an entire week before Santa arrived.
Here's a photo I took in Gallia County, Ohio that Christmas morning in 2010 of the 2" to 3" inches on the ground.
December 2010 was much colder and snowier than normal with a lot of cloudy, cold days and this helped keep the snow from melting.  That December was our snowiest month of 2010-11 winter season.  The 16th of the month saw 4"-6" inches over much of the region and that was our largest snowfall for a lot of the area last winter too.  I remember standing outside of the WSAZ Huntington studio on 7th Street doing live shots in the snow and one morning made a snow angel on live TV!  It's one of my favorite things to do while covering the snow and cold.  
So back to the question, will we have snow for this Christmas?  As you can see on the map below, the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha Valleys typically have a 25% percent chance of seeing at least one inch of snow on December 25th.
As you know, it turned unseasonably warm the first official weekend of winter.  We had record high temperatures in the mid 70s!  Then a line of damaging winds blew through the region late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.  
It has turned colder again for this Christmas week! There were snow showers for Christmas Eve Day, however, the sun came out and melted a lot of it.

It still does not look like the Ohio, Big Sandy, Kanawha Valleys will have snow on the ground come Christmas morning.  To have an official white Christmas, you must have at least one inch of snow on the ground.  But some shaded sides of your lawn may hold onto the snow so I guess that's better than nothing right?  The higher mountains may keep more of the accumulation on the ground.
Better luck next year!
Do you want snow for Christmas?  Have a memory of a past white Christmas you'd like to share?  Post your comments below.
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