National Weather Center Meteorologist says Moffat County will miss out on a true White Christmas
Snow will remain on the ground in Moffat County on Christmas Day, but the powdery white stuff won’t fall from the sky
While people love a “White Christmas”, it may not happen this year according to the Weather Channel, which lists Christmas Day’s weather as 33 degrees with a 4% chance of precipitation. For comparison, the National Weather Service says the high will be 35 degrees Fahrenheit on Christmas Day in Moffat County.
Moffat County was expected to receive snow in the afternoon, but that won’t be the case on Christmas Day, according to Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
“We do have a system moving in today going into tonight as well. That is expected to bring a 50% chance of snow showers to the Craig area tonight, and 20% tomorrow morning as well. Right now, it doesn’t look like accumulation will be that much,” Stackhouse said. “In the Craig area we’re only expecting half an inch to 1 and a half inches, we’re not expecting anything with highs in the mid 30s, pretty cold overnight with a low of 3 degrees.”
Stackhouse predicted that due to cold temperatures for the rest of the week, leading up to Christmas Day there will still be snow left over from Tuesday’s expected snowfall.
“Unfortunately for Christmas day, we are looking at mostly dry conditions across the region, with a bridge of high pressure building overhead. So, unfortunately we’re not looking at snow on Christmas for pretty much anywhere.” Stackhouse said. “Your temperatures are going to stay pretty cold like this. Wednesday, you’re looking at a high of 21, and then 28 on Thursday, before warming up to the middle of 30s on Friday. So, it’s definitely possible that the snow will stick around because we’re not looking at a significant warm up at that time, so there will be definitely snow on the ground.”
This is in line with the La Nina conditions that the region is experiencing and will continue to experience through February. La Nina conditions last between nine and 12 months of “below average sea surface temperatures across the east-central Equatorial Pacific,” according to the National Ocean Service.
“Unfortunately the cloud prediction center, they are kind of favoring dryer than all conditions across the rest of the January and February,” Stackhouse said.
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