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Mild temperatures and stormy showers to dash hopes of White Christmas

20 December, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Mild Now Much Colder by Christmas

Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: "Storm Dylan has potential to be named over the Christmas period". Two years ago it was almost 70 degrees on Christmas Eve. For Virginia, that means highs in the 30s and lows in the teens.

Despite a few rounds of cold air earlier in the month, the month of December has been a mild one with much of Central Illinois experiencing temperatures that have been 3-5° above average through December 18th. Last year, temperatures peaked at 50 degrees on Christmas Day, and Christmas 2016 came one degree shy of a tie for record warmth, reaching 71 degrees.

Anemic sunshine and continued cold are forecast for Christmas Day with a high near 2 degrees.

More showers and storms develop along a cold front Wednesday afternoon; however, those do not appear to have much risk of "severe" weather with them.

Winds accompanying Wednesday's cold front could create blowing snow and reduced visibility through Thursday in the local area.

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This year isn't looking much different, although there is the off chance that the cold snap set to overtake the central and western US might push the rain/snow line near the TN/NC border. There will be days ahead that are in the 50s to near 60, and others that stay below freezing. I would think that most folks like the idea of waking up Christmas morning to a white blanket of mood-setting snow.

The RAC said that it was the "worst possible time for stormy conditions", with thousands making their home way for Christmas.

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.

A spokesperson for the Met Office clarified that the United Kingdom will be "entering a weekend of more unsettled weather which could bring wind and rain, and which may lead to a storm". Clouds return Wednesday along with a 70 percent chance of snow, mainly after noon and before midnight. The models can change and that would impact what we see.

AccuWeather forecasts disruptive travel for the holiday period December 21-26 from the Rockies to the northeast.



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