Merry Christmas To All
A still chill is on tap this Christmas Eve night as the full moon guards the heavens providing plenty of natural light for Santa’s trip in from the North Pole. There will be no need for Rudolph’s bright nose to guide the sleigh as the stars twinkle brightly on their own. In fact, as you gaze at your favorite constellation, the natural question that will come to mind is “which star was it that led the wise men to Bethlehem some 2007 years ago”?
Last week I held out hope for a last minute White Christmas. Well, that hope has been dashed as the southern storm I was hinting at will be late in forming and about 300 miles too far east to do us any good. So the 21st century of virtually snowless Christmas days continues. Personally, I worry this may be a symptom of Global Warming in that on warmed planet, the cold and snow seasons may well hold off until January.
For tonight, under those crystal clear skies, temperatures will tumble into the 30s if you are taking in the Winter Wonderland of Lights at Central Park in Ashland, or the Fantasy of Lights at Krodell Park or making the drive along Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston.
By midnight church services, the air will be freezing cold at 32 degrees, though with light winds, it won’t feel too harsh. Sunrise temperatures will settle into the 20s with heavy frost over hill and dale and patchy valley fog along the rivers.
Then a sunny and crisp Christmas day afternoon is on tap for the kids trying out their new bikes. Late day highs will make a run at 50.
Skiers heading to the slopes to try out those new parabolics, the snow guns will be going high blast all night long and the groomers will be out in force to make your Christmas run down the slope enjoyable. Highs will struggle to make 35 at Snowshoe, Canaan and Timberline with 40 at Winterplace. These are very comfortable skiing temperatures especially with winds at 15 mph or less reducing the wind chill by only 5 degrees.
Finally, I want to wish all of my WSAZ.COM loyal readers a Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year.