Monday, December 24, 2012

Half Of Lower 48 Likely To Have White Christmas

With Christmas coming up tomorrow, we're looking at about half of the country facing the potential to have at least some snow on the ground or flying in the air.  Snow cover through yesterday covers 46% of the US surface -- a pretty decent total as much of the northern half of the country is snow covered at this point.  While December has largely been forgettable from a wintry standpoint for much of the country, the recent snows that have fallen in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and across the lake effect areas have provided a nice coating of snow in areas that have been running a bit light so far this winter.

Contrast the map from yesterday, up above, with the snow cover map from December 23rd, 2011, when just 29.7% of the country has some snow on the ground.  Minneapolis was barely snow covered and much of the Midwest was draped in brown, not covered in a blanket of frozen flakes.  Things nationally are better, although here they aren't as snowy as many would like.

White Christmases here happen just above ten percent of the time.  It happens, just not that often.

The last time our region had snow on the ground on Christmas Day was in 2009 -- we had 63 percent of the US covered with snow on Christmas morning, with 56 percent on the 23rd.  A storm system added additional snow to the nation's parade of coverage across Kansas and Missouri on Christmas Eve 2009.  That same storm pushed a soaking rain into our region on Christmas Day, washing away those eight inches of snow over the course of the day, as well as the 26th, while pushing temperatures into the 50's with that storm.

Yes, even in cold and seemingly snows-all-the-time winters it can rain and get warm.

While parts of our region will see snow later today and tonight, perhaps picking up an inch or even two inches in some parts of the region, it's a mere modest snow for only some of us...and not all of us.  To those who want snow and aren't getting it, your time will come.  Winter is still early and the pattern will continue to chill over the coming week or two.