Some places in the United States – mostly in the West – should see White Christmas

The famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is seen in New York City. Forecasters say some places in the United States will see a White Christmas this year, but not many places in the Northeast. File photo by John Angelillo / UPI | License photo

December 21 – The fictionalized imagery of a White Christmas may be a reality for some and a mere fantasy for many across the United States as the holidays approach.

Some places have been blanketed by recent snowfall from a storm parade that has crossed the country so far in December, but many are perhaps wondering if they will also receive a visit from Old Man Winter, in particular on Christmas morning.

AccuWeather meteorologists closely monitor Christmas forecast as vacation travel intensifies across the country ahead of the holiday weekend – as well as in areas of the country where snow is most likely for a White Christmas this year. There will be a few pockets around the country that could get some last minute help from Mother Nature just in time for the holidays.

AccuWeather’s criteria for a White Christmas focuses on having at least an inch of snow on the ground for the holidays – a qualification that may be easy for some in the United States to achieve this Christmas.

The West and the Rockies

“For those planning to hit the mountainous slopes of the western United States, there is good news this coming week as the waves of moisture from the Pacific are expected to continue to accumulate snow,” Brandon said. AccuWeather long-range meteorologist Buckingham.

From the Cascades to the Sierra Nevada, through the northern and central Rockies, there’s a good chance Mother Nature will bring plenty of fresh snow on the weekend for a white Christmas that will make many snow sports enthusiasts jump for joy. .

Historically, Denver has about a 38% chance of having an inch of snow on Christmas morning. However, this year has been a year for the record books in terms of the lack of snow there.

Unfortunately, it looks like the trend is continuing as snow conditions are expected to remain limited to the mountains west of the city. In fact, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Denver will see partially sunny skies with highs in the mid-1950s – nearly 10 degrees above normal for Christmas.

Snow is expected over the western highlands next weekend, and AccuWeather meteorologists continue to monitor the potential for a weekend cold air surge that could set in in the north. -western Pacific, bringing freezing conditions to the region.

“It’s not out of the question that places like Seattle and Portland will see snowflakes mixing with the rain on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day,” Buckingham said.

Even if the measurable snow does not fall, a few snowflakes flying around Seattle at Christmas would create a festive atmosphere.

It is likely that the highlands just outside Los Angeles could show white peaks by Christmas Day, as a rather stormy weather pattern will bring multiple waves of precipitation to the area this week.

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes

“Residents of the Upper Midwestern and Great Lakes region have received their fair share of snowfall so far in December, leaving many to expect a White Christmas, but Mother Nature says, not so soon,” AccuWeather meteorologist Matt Benz said.

The record heat and precipitation that plagued the region after heavy snowfall on December 10 and 11 impacted the snowpack.

Rochester, Minn., Went from 7 inches of snow on the ground on December 11 to no snow on the ground on December 16. Historically, Rochester reports a white Christmas 78% of the time, with 2011 being the last Christmas when there was no snow on the ground.

“Temperatures will likely stay cold enough this week to keep the little snow on the ground alive over Christmas in the northern part of the United States, but if residents don’t have snow right now, chances of having a white Christmas. are dark, ”says Benz.

An Alberta-style mower system will provide snow accumulation to help fill in the current snow base across North Dakota, northern Minnesota, far northern Wisconsin, and the Upper Michigan Peninsula, but some locations may not meeting the official White Christmas criteria of having at least 1 inch of snow on the ground.

However, places south of there are largely unlucky, said Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather’s long-range meteorologist.

The odds of a White Christmas are below normal south of an area stretching from Minneapolis, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and southwest of Detroit to the south, remarked Pastelok.

Another more severe storm is expected to sweep through the region during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. While this storm can produce snow, it may not benefit many who seek a white Christmas, with most of the snow falling well north of I-90.


“There will be some opportunities for some snowfall in the northeast this week as a few weak clipper-type storms move through the area, but any snow accumulation is expected mainly for interior areas in the northern part of the state. from New York to New England, ”Benz said. .

Most of the major population centers along the I-95 corridor will have a tiny chance of snow before or on Christmas Day as the week progresses.

A few parts of the far northeast of the interior, parts of Vermont that received up to 10 inches of snow over the weekend, or nearly 10 inches depending on parts of New Hampshire, could see the snow cover stay all week until Christmas day. .

Historically, some of the major northeastern cities such as Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC, have a 5-25% chance of having an inch of snow on Christmas morning.

It looks like many towns on the I-95 will remain snow-free this Christmas, as the mild air by December standards moves through the mid-Atlantic region over the Christmas weekend.

A man lights a candle in the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born, in Bethlehem, West Bank, on December 19. Photo by Debbie Hill / UPI | License photo

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