It’s become abundantly clear that Washington, D.C. and much of the East Coast will not have a White Christmas this year. But who will?
Less than one third of the U.S. will have a White Christmas (meeting the criteria of having at least 1” of snow cover on December 25). At the moment, just about 30% of the country has snow cover, and that’s unlikely to change significantly over the next two days.
The only places that may add snow cover over the next 48 hours are southern New Mexico and southwest Texas.
Here are the places that are virtually assured a White Christmas:
* northern interior New England
* the northern Great Lakes
* western Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle and northern Texas panhandle (these places experienced a blizzard earlier this week)
* the northern and southern Rocky mountains, including Denver, Boulder, Co, and Casper, Wy.
* the mountains and elevated regions of New Mexico
* the Cascades and high elevations of the Sierra Nevada range
What areas, unaccustomed to White Christmases, might experience one this year? Just a couple - and they’re in the Southwest: Albuquerque, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Amazingly, El Paso has had as much snow as Chicago this year, which won’t have a White Christmas.
Some of the cities which typically have a White Christmas, but most likely won’t have an inch of snow cover Christmas day include:
Syracuse, NY, Burlington, VT, Green Bay, WI, Minneapolis, MN and Bismarck, ND
Just to end on a more optimistic note for snow enthusiasts, there is a chance of some conversational flurries Christmas evening in the Ohio Valley, northern mid-Atlantic and Northeast as an upper level disturbance ripples through. AccuWeather writes:
It is certainly possible the swath from Minneapolis to Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Buffalo may sneak in with a dusting or light coating of snow just yet. A few snowflakes could even drift through Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
The flakes along the East Coast seem like a stretch to me, but if there’s one day in the year to wishcast, why not December 25?