From the ABC 7 Weather team

Snow drought on Christmas Day

December 25, 2011 - 07:31 AM
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Waking up this morning and looking outside… you might be disappointed that a Christmas miracle did not bring any snow to the D.C. region. But, we’re definitely not alone on this green Christmas day.

Historically, Washington, D.C., only has a 15% chance of either having snow on the ground Christmas Day or getting accumulating snow. Well, this year is no exception to that statistic. The grass is green here… and even in the highest peaks of the Potomac Highlands… there is no sign of white. As a matter of fact, the latest snowfall depth map seen below confirms the snow drought. The latest snowfall report is from December 23rd with even the highest peaks in Tucker County, W.Va., at 3,717 feet only getting 0.001 inch. As the image below shows, you have to travel all the way north to Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania to see any bit of a white blanket on the ground.


Snowfall is absent in much of the East, except the Interior Northeast. On the contrary, the image below shows how the parade of storms that has been ongoing in the Rockies this winter ensures residents from Idaho to New Mexico are waking up to a White Christmas.


Well, the forecast doesn’t hold much hope for snow through the end of the year in the nation’s capital. As a matter of fact, the forecast trend shows a healthy dose of rain Tuesday followed by a return to seasonal temperatures. A few weak fronts will move through into the beginning of January, but most of the rain and snow showers will stay north and west of the D.C. Region.

The Trace of snow recorded at Reagan National will likely go down as the snowfall total for December; putting the winter of 2011-2012 some 2.8 inches below average for snowfall going into January, the second month of Meteorological Winter.

Have a Merry Christmas and safe holiday weekend!


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