12:15 PM EST 12/21 (National Stormcast Team) With climatological winter now having arrived at 6:11 AM local time this morning, many eyes look to see if that Charles Dickens-era dream of a White Christmas has any chance of coming true in the next few days. For some areas, it already has.
- WHERE IS THE SNOW?: Expected along the intermountain west, Idaho area, the eastern Great Lakes, and in our zones for Southeast Wisconsin, Central Indiana, Central Kentucky, the Ohio Valley, western PA, western MD, central PA, and into northern New England. Areas of heavy snow will move to the Northeast and Southern Canada later today.
- FOR EVERYONE ELSE: Precipitation may still fall in the west over the weekend. The rest of our country will stay dry, including many of our zones in the Southeast, from Central Mississippi to Metro Atlanta/North Georgia with the possible exception of our South Florida & The Keys zone.
- ABOUT THE WEEKEND STORM? An overview of our team's projections and local zone reports on this is posted in the previous story from 12/20.
WHAT HAPPENED TO ARMAGEDDON?
For those expecting the world to end today, the only area of concern that our team originally had was for the Pacific Northwest. Forecast Mark Ingalls of our Tri-Cities page in southwest Washington was on this concern, and a forecast graphic posted there earlier this week (as shown below) noted this concern. Upon additional investigation into available data from NASA and other scientific agencies, we were pleased determine this forecast, at least for Friday 12/21, has a low probability of occurring.
Contributors to this report include:
Mid-Atlantic Director Greg Jackson, Winter Stormcast Director Zachary Fasnacht, Pacific Northwest Director Mark Ingalls, Senior Advisor Brad Lear, Chief Operating Officer Keith Krichinsky, and Lead Advisor Rich Foot.