White or Wet for Christmas?

Of Christmas Travel and Chances of White

OK, I know what you are thinking. What will travel be like this weekend before the Christmas holiday and will we have a white Christmas?

In a nutshell, another wet and windy storm is due in the Eastern USA this weekend, so expect air traffic delays. And yes it is likely to snow Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As to the chances of a white Christmas, I rate it an 80% likelihood in the mountains (so skiers can plan on testing out those new parabolics on a fresh mantle several inches deep) and 50-50 for most of us.

Now most people would say, 50-50 is just a flip of the coin and hardly a meaningful prediction. I however disagree. The long term chances of a white Christmas are roughly 2.5 to 3 in 10 for the Huntington and Charleston region. So by saying we have a 50-50 chance, I am in fact saying our chances are twice that of normal for snow this year.

Early call would be for a dusting to an inch as Santa comes down from the North Pole and the kids unwrap those presents. But since we are still a week away, I will reserve the right to update the forecast as the day gets closer.

As for the travel issue, another wet and windy storm will be trekking thru the Heartland on Saturday and Sunday. East of the Mississippi River, it will rain either or both days in many locales. West of the great River, snow is favored from the Rockies to the Western Great Lakes (Including Denver, KC, Chicago and St. Paul).

I will add some tidbits to this blog after dinner, though I prefer to remain general in my forecast for the weekend since timing and intensity of the storm that is coming can not be pinpointed this far in advance.

Let it snow!


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