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Christmas Eve Snowfall

A look at the snowfall totals expected for the tri-state area this Christmas Eve and what to expect Christmas Day.

If you thought it was cold on Monday, wait until you feel the chill in the air this Christmas Eve. Chilly, arctic air is approaching our region tonight and along with it, we are seeing a chance of snow. Here is a look at the snowfall prediction...

Notice how there is a stripe of snow pushing along 77 toward Charleston. In this area, we should see a solid inch of snowfall due to the effects of upsloping. Most of the region, as showed above, will see a dusting to an inch. Of course, the mountains will see higher accumulations, with 1-3 inches expected in places like Beckley and Richwood.

After this snow passes by tomorrow afternoon (note that the mountains may see some lingering snow into the afternoon), we will be left in a very cold air mass. In fact, tomorrows high temperatures will be right around where tonights lows temperatures are...

According to the NAM model, we should be in the mid to upper 20's, with some areas of Kentucky just touching 30°F.

Heading into Christmas day, it will remain chilly to start with morning temperatures in the teens. If travelling early, keep an eye out for possible black ice on the roadways. Winds start to shift and blow in from the southwest for the afternoon, which will bring a slight warm up....

According to the NAM model, we should touch the 40­°F mark for much of the region. Southern Ohio should be in the upper 30's, along with the West Virginia Coal fields. 

In addition, high pressure settles in Christmas day...

The high pressure will help to "keep out" any inclement weather on Christmas day. Notice how in the above image, a band of snow is forming near the Great Lakes region. This system is looking to pass to our North as it moves eastward, all thanks to that wonderful High pressure system!

Stay warm and safe everyone!

-Kelly Ann

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