White Christmas?

TODAYWith the snowfall that we have had over the past week, the question now turns to if this will last through Christmas. Right now, 58.6% of the country is covered by snow. Most of the state is snow covered and it does look to stay this way. Looking at long range models, there is no warm up that would melt off this snow, and in fact, there is a storm system late next week that may add a bit more to what has currently fallen.

ONELast year at this time, 30.8% of the country was covered by snow, and only the northern half of the state had snow cover. A week later on December 19th-20th, the state saw a major blizzard that added 6 to 12+ inches of snow. Strong winds of 50 to 60mph led to blizzard conditions that paralyzed the region for several days. Many local highways, as well as sections of Interstate 35, were closed due to the storm. Two people died in a 25 vehicle pileup on Interstate 35 during the blizzard. After this storm the snow cover jumped up 15% so now 45.8% of the country was snow covered.

XMASRight now, we are almost 13% more covered in snow across the country, than we were on Christmas last year. It is safe to say that if you have snow in your front yard, that it will still be there on Christmas. Just to give you an idea, the likelihood of having a white Christmas in the state ranges from 50%-75% across the north, to 25%-50% across the south. However, this year it looks like the probability of a white Christmas across the state is 100%.

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stormchaserzach/

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