Light snow to end Christmas Eve

Light snow to end Christmas Eve

Ronald Pratt
December 27, 2017

The week of freezing temperatures is colder than usual, but not by much. We'll give you the information you need to be Weather Smart. It was the first white Christmas on record for northeastern Florida to North Carolina-and traffic accidents on icy roads caused several fatalities. And yet, that's exactly what we have coming up for Christmas 2017.

If you can set your pre-Christmas travel, do it on Sunday. By the 22nd, a foot of snow had already fallen, but another storm system was moving along the East coast on Christmas night.

Christmas: Snow or rain (south) ending in the morning.

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A mix of rain and snow becoming all snow giving 1-3 inches for most, a coating to 1 inch south. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated.

The National Weather Service defines a "White Christmas" as at least one inch of snow on the ground at any point during December 25th.

Temperatures plunged into to the double digits below zero in parts of Wyoming and Montana Sunday thanks to an arctic air mass that has settled across the region. To further keep toasty on Christmas Day, do not forget to drink warm beverages and limit any time outdoors, the weather service said. If we get enough sun we could get into the lower 40s; if the clouds hold tough we may stay in the upper 30s. All snow, with slightly higher snowfall rates along Interstate 495 around 8 a.m. "3-5" is likely with 6" or higher amounts around the Seacoast and the higher terrain in Rockingham County. While that's not the strongest of the wind, many spots inland still have the ice from our ice storm yesterday - put a few inches of snow on top of that - then blast the wind for a good chunk of the day... and we've got problems. The snow dragged New York City to a halt that year. Be sure to allow some extra time for any evening/overnight travel.