Pinpoint Weather: Despite the warm-up, white Christmas still possible

Pinpoint Weather: Despite the warm-up, white Christmas still possible

Here is a list of area cities, the number of years records have been kept, and the chances they've experienced either 1 inch or 5 inches of snow on December 25.

The Council Bluffs-Omaha area's mild weather will continue for the first half of the week, with high temperatures averaging more than 10 degrees above normal. But it predicts northern areas such as Batesville and Oxford could have those "rain/snow showers" on Christmas Eve and switch to a "wintry mix" on Christmas Day.

This map shows the historic probability of 1 inch or more of snow being on the ground in the United States on Christmas Day in any given year, based on 30 years of climate data. Saturday. Just two days before Christmas, a storm system will pull up way west of New England (into the Ohio Valley) and a surge of warm, moist air will ride up into New England.

Christmas Day is looking to be wet, but dreams of the first white Christmas in NY since 2009 hinge of when cold air arrives.

Exacta Weather's James Madden said: "A White Christmas will be dependant upon the exact arrival of colder weather but some places could still see that single flake of snow during the 24 hours of Christmas Day", he said.

Low pressure will race east from the Ozarks to SC and spread rain from the Interstate 64 corridor to the Gulf Coast.

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There had been some hopes in the United Kingdom of a little drift of the white stuff, given that the start of December has seen widespread sub-zero temperatures, and heavy snow in some northern areas, and even in London which has traditionally escaped any flurries.

Thursday is the shortest day of the year and the start of astronomical winter.

Friday: A cold front will advance east across the Tennessee Valley and Midwest, with rain arriving in the Appalachians during the afternoon and evening. Friday night's low will drop to around 15.

The lack of rain and snow across the region can be largely attributed to a dry arctic airmass that settled in to the region during the second week of the month.

For now, plan on unsettled weather continuing into early next week. Wet weather may be an issue on Interstates 85 and 95 south of Richmond. It's too soon to know right now, but we do see potential for some snow and/or ice on both Sunday and Monday. Both models eventually show very cold air coming to most of the US over the next week to ten days. For Virginia, that means highs in the 30s and lows in the teens.

Keep updated to the forecast this week, especially those who are expecting to travel.

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