Arctic air brings snow and Christmas weekend chill

Dec 20, 2017, 01:14
Arctic air brings snow and Christmas weekend chill

As we have talked about for the last two weeks, our confidence is high that our weather pattern is turning more active with storm potential near Christmas. But other models bring that cold air to the Northeast ahead of the storm, and wintry precipitation right along with it. It pushes high temperatures into the upper 40s/lower 50s by Saturday the 23rd.

"It is around this period that we expect the return of some cold weather and the chance of more snow".

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.

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The last time the United Kingdom experienced a White Christmas was in 2015 when some weather stations saw snowfall, but the last time that snow was reported lying on the ground was 2010. Technically, we shouldn't need one just yet as winter hasn't even officially begun.

AccuWeather predicts rain possible Christmas Eve night, with a high of 49 and low of 22. There is no snow in the forecast as of now for either Christmas eve or Christmas day. Uncertainty is still high, so we can still easily be sitting around in short sleeves and shorts on Christmas Day.

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.

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These are preliminary numbers - our weather team will continue to update estimated totals as they get new data throughout the week. It does appear that some part of the Ohio Valley will end up with icing and/or snow. Both models eventually show very cold air coming to most of the USA over the next week to ten days. The more likely scenario would be for another rain event or perhaps a widespread ice storm. For Virginia, that means highs in the 30s and lows in the teens.

Much colder conditions and lower temperatures are forecast for Friday and the weekend.

Since it is Christmas and the forecast is approaching the 7-8 day mark, I'll go through what COULD happen, based off of what the latest major models are showing.

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