White Christmas Likely

It may still be 10 days before Santa comes down from the North Pole, but Tony says the sleigh riding will be perfect for Jolly St. Nick's trip into our region.

December to Remember ends with White Christmas

I open tonight’s blog with an e-mail I sent to my faithful weather watcher Rick Martin who reports to me on the summer hurricanes that affect the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand.

“It may well snow every day until and thru the Christmas weekend.
Timing a good day to travel from Myrtle will have to be a shorter term forecast. This pattern is AS SNOWY AS I HAVE SEEN IN MY 23 YEARS HERE. Keep in touch and will try to get you here with minimal problems.”

With that piece of arctic news as a backdrop, Klondike Tony is making an early winter appearance in the weather blog. Let’s get down to the details of the amazing weather pattern that is locking in.

It is possible that the temperature will stay below freezing until Santa comes down from the North Pole. So humor me for a second, even if it does not snow for ten days, the chance of having snow on the ground on Christmas Eve in spots is still good.

Now factor in the e-mail I sent to Rick and I will up the ante on a White Christmas from a 70% chance as stated in Monday’s prose, to 95%. Folks, we are in for the first White Christmas since 2003 in the River Cities of Huntington-Ashland-Ironton and since 2002 in Charleston (when a morning snow burst whitened the grass with a quick inch).

First things first though, and that means our attention will turn to a fast moving snow, sleet and icefall for Thursday.

Wednesday will be a day when the deep freeze slowly eases as highs make it back into the mid to upper 20s. At night a brief fall in temperature will be arrested as a veil of clouds increases beginning at sunset.

As the night wears on, those clouds will lower and thicken with snow breaking out in time for a messy Thursday morning commute. School delays and closings galore appear likely.

The bogeyman in the Thursday forecast will be how much sleet and icy rain mixes in. Ice would no doubt mat snow accumulations down, but also put a glaze on many surfaces. The risk of icing seems heightened across the Coalfields from the Daniel Boone National Forest to Chief Logan and Cabwaylingo.

We will be updating this latest wintry blast all day long on Wednesday.

One final premise in the White Christmas forecast. Humor me again. Let’s say we miss out on the Thursday snow/sleet. Well another arctic front will arrive this weekend with a fresh few inches possible with still more shots of Great Lakes moisture for next week.

Get the picture? Bing Crosby need not dream this year. Our nearly decade old White Christmas drought should, make that WILL END THIS YEAR!
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