Cold Rain Then Snow Christmas Day
DREAM TO-BECOME-TRUE FOR A WHITE CHRISTMAS
Not much has changed in the forecast since yesterday. The story remains the same: a cold morning rain (with some storms) becomes a blowing snow by afternoon. We won’t wake up to a white Christmas but we’ll end with one.
ONE MORE MILD DAY
Leading up to Tuesday the weather looks nice. Tonight lows will get down to around freezing. We start with some sunny weather for Monday, highs will get to the mid-50’s. Clouds come in late in the day.
FROM STORMS TO SNOW
Storms will fire up on Christmas Eve overnight into the Christmas Day. The best chance of severe weather (hail, damaging winds, isolated tornadoes) will be in our southeast corner:
Overnight lows are going to stay in the low 40’s all night thanks to a brisk south wind. A cold front comes roaring towards us from the northwest. I think it gets here just around the noon hour. Temperatures will drop down to freezing after it sweeps through:
The rain changes over to snow as the winds pick up out of the northwest 25-35 mph with gusts around 40mph. Wind chills will be in the teens with swirling snow.
The ground will be warm (and wet) so accumulation will be difficult. Unless the cold air speeds up or the storm slows down it appears will end up with a dusting to minor amounts (a 1/2″ or so) in the DFW area. We’re calling for 1″-2″ of snow in Denton over to Greenville. Along the Red River and over in Sulphur Springs 2″-3″ could end up on the ground.
As always it seems in north Texas the forecast could change, the snow amounts could go up (or down). Garry Seith will have the latest forecast tomorrow morning followed up an afternoon update by Jeff Jamison.
COLDEST NIGHT AND DAY OF THE SEASON AHEAD
The snow will quickly taper off in the late evening. Winds should die down by Wednesday mid-morning. Temperatures will drop all the way down to the low 20’s. Highs that afternoon will stay in the 30’s.
If you are traveling Wednesday to our northeast (say from Little Rock to Paducah, Kentucky) this storm is going to present major travel problems. Meanwhile there could be a significant outbreak of tornadoes down across Mississippi and Alabama.
The heaviest snow along with very low visibility (blowing snow) will be from eastern Oklahoma over to northern Arkansas into southern Illinois.
Keep posted to the forecast as we draw closer to this major winter storm. Below you’ll see the extended forecast, the next rain chance after Tuesday’s storm will be Friday: