Dating back to 1878, when reliable weather records began in Charlotte, a “white Christmas” has occurred 11 times. That includes the seven where only a trace of snow covered the ground.
As for a 2015 white Christmas across the WBTV viewing area, there’s not a snowball’s chance in …. well, you know how the statement ends.
Even in a good year, the chance for snow on Christmas Day is only about 1%, so bare ground isn’t unusual.
In the short term we will cool off again after near record highs Tuesday. Behind a storm system that’s likely to bring a good soaking – 1 to 2 inches – of rain to region Thursday, we will finally get a taste of winter cold, as highs will likely be in the 40s & 50s – below average – Friday and over the weekend, with nighttime lows in the 20s for most.
But by Tuesday, warm air is going to come flooding back to the Carolinas, and much of the eastern half of the nation, as a massive ridge of high pressure dominates. If it’s snow and cold you want, head west, as there’ll be plenty of it across the Rockies and other mountain ranges beyond the Mississippi.
As for the sensible weather, I expect Charlotte will be close to 60° on Monday under partly sunny skies. It’s probably still dry on Tuesday with afternoon readings rebounding into the 60s. Based on the latest model guidance, there looks to be an increasing shower chance for Wednesday and Thursday – Christmas Eve – with highs both days well into the 70s, followed by cooler 60s on Christmas, which is still at least 10° above average.
Whether your holiday is snowy and cold or balmy and breezy, I hope you and your family enjoy it!
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