Friday, December 23, 2011

Need some holiday snow?
Head to El Paso...


9:15 AM EST 12/23/11 | On this pre-holiday Happy Friday, Eastern Powderhounds are at least happy the long school and work week comes to a close. Yet, it's no consolation to those yearning for a Charles Dickens-like weekend to hear places like El Paso to central New Mexico are set to receive snow Christmas Eve. The traditional "Currier & Ives" locales of northern New England (facebook) or upstate Michigan should receive some light snow this weekend. Bu that's nowhere near the 6-10" expected (NWS) in the southern Sangre De Cristo mountains of New Mexico. 

As we've said before, that's just the hard knocks of a La Nina winter, is reasons for which are outlined in this explanation post by Affiliate Forecaster StormCentral of the Chicago area and posted on the Winter Stormcast | Western Great Lakes page (facebook). 

Hey it could be worse, in 2004 Brownsville, TX enjoyed a White Christmas while Baltimore, MD missed out again with 60 degree temperatures on the first day of winter that year. If we can pretend to be happy for those who will see snow, please visit our Affiliate Forecaster ConvectiveWeather for an overview of the southern Plains forecast. An excerpt is posted below, and many thanks to Forecaster Wesley H. for this report also available in their facebook page.

"Winter Storm Watches have been issued for portions of West Texas, including Midland and Odessa, from Friday night through Saturday. A potent upper-level low will move across the region Friday and Saturday, bringing snow and/or a wintry mix to much of West Texas. During the day on Friday, a wintry mix of rain and snow can be expected across the watch area. Little to no accumulation is expected through sunset; however, the chance for accumulating snow will increase Friday evening and overnight through Saturday as the system moves overhead."

"What happened in the Mid-Atlantic?"

The best we can say about a White Christmas in this region is much like the answer Jim Carrey got from his co-star Lauren Holly in Dumb and Dumber: The truth is it's "more like one out of a million.

See the previous post for the options our Winter Stormcast Team and Forecaster Jason originally mapped out on 12/21. But good things come to those who wait. December 1995 was a blah month for snow in places like New York City, and January 6-7, 1996 changed all that. After all, it is a La Nina winter, just like that one was.  Just sayin..."  

(Lead Advisor Mr. Foot, Forecaster Jason M. and the Winter Stormcast Team)


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