White Christmas Week Update

It has indeed been a snowy December this year. Tony has the low down and looks ahead to new chances to add on new accumulations next week.

Christmas Week Weather

If you think it has been exceptionally snowy for so early in the season (John Taylor of Huntington reminds me winter doesn’t “officially" begin until Tuesday at 6:38PM), your intuition is dead on.

Here on Friday night December 17, enough snow has fallen this month to put Huntington in the top 10 snowiest Decembers since record keeping began (late 1800s). Charleston is just behind a top 10 year, but soon to join in that distinction.

Thursday’s 4 to 6 inch snowfall brought the total for the month to more than 12 inches in Collis P’s hometown with Charleston lagging behind a tad at 10.6 inches for the month. That latter measurement surprises me since during prolonged cold periods like we have endured this month, Charleston normally beats Huntington like a drum in accumulated snowfall.

Be that as it may, our sights are now firmly affixed on a possible record breaking month of snow in both cities. One more healthy snow (3”-5”) would put us in the top 5 on record with another foot needed to get us sniffing down the trail of the snowiest December (Huntington 21.7” during the Great Depression in 1935 and Charleston 21.9” just 15 years ago in 1995).

As for Christmas week, there are two more opportunities for new snow accumulations. The first will come on Tuesday when a fast moving storm likely delivers a quick hitting 1 to 3 inches before we mix with rain and sleet at the tail end.

A second moister system is hinted at late next week on our supercomputers. If all goes right, the early week snowfall will have ended in time for the pre-Christmas travel rush before the second wave of snow and rain arrives either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

I do have some concern for bare spots to show up on the grass late next week, but at this point I still feel good about a White Christmas especially if the new snowfall on Tuesday pans out.

For this weekend before Christmas, light snow flurries may re-dust the ground, but new accumulations are not expected. Shoppers should expect a thaw by day- refreeze by night cycle out of the snow already on the ground. So best to wear a pair of galoshes if you are hitting the malls this weekend or at the very least an old pair of shoes.
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