Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Amarillo could see snow for Christmas

Amarillo could see snow for Christmas

Move to Alaska now. But it predicts northern areas such as Batesville and Oxford could have those "rain/snow showers" on Christmas Eve and switch to a "wintry mix" on Christmas Day.

"Saturday starts a run of a day of wet conditions with stronger winds for some, followed by a day with colder conditions". The National Weather Service says Des Moines is nearing a record for longest days without snowfall. "This is a classic setup".

Other major guidance models, including the normally reliable European model, are projecting a later return of colder air.

Highs are expected to be in the low to mid 40s over the next couple of days. That should shift to snow Tuesday night as the temperatures begin falling.

Monday through Wednesday should pose no problems for anyone traveling in, out or through Colorado.

The Met Office said it was "too early to say" about naming a storm around Christmas - but told travellers to check for updated weather warnings. Winds there could gust to 45 miles per hour, resulting in blowing and drifting snow.

"Thursday and Friday could see 50-60mph gusts in northern Scotland".

This map shows the historic probability of 1 inch or more of snow being on the ground in the United States on Christmas Day in any given year, based on 30 years of climate data. We may be more near the edge of the Arctic air push, with the coldest part shifting west and north of us - but if this is the case, storm systems often ride along the edge of the Arctic air mass, and there could be some ice or snow threats. Allegretto said the Lookout Pass ski area could get more than 2 feet of snow by mid-week, while the Lost Trail area at the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley should collect at least a foot.

"We have avalanche watches already posted in the area", Allegretto said.

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