Snow and frigid temperatures expected leading up to Christmas

Snowy Garden of the Gods by Lars Leber

Snowy Garden of the Gods by Lars Leber

The day after Christmas, snow and ice are possible, with a high of 38 and low of 23, AccuWeather says.

While a winter storm on Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to dump up to a foot of snow along the Hi-Line, Billings is unlikely to see more than an inch or two, according to the National Weather Service. A cold front will drop through tonight around 7:00pm and should come in dry with a subtle wind shift, adding colder air overnight.

High temperatures on Saturday could reach near 60 degrees in parts of the area. Of course, the milder pattern means that we'll not only lose our current snow cover, but it will be rather hard to see any new snow before Christmas, putting a big dent in our chances for a white Christmas this year.

Christmas Day is looking to be wet, but dreams of the first white Christmas in NY since 2009 hinge of when cold air arrives. And the chance of enough snow falling to cover the ground in white is even smaller at only 2 percent.

The last time it snowed on Christmas in New York City was in 2009. So, there is still a chance of a white Christmas for those hoping.

With the Christmas holiday and all the traveling that goes along with it almost here, we thought we would break down what we see coming in the forecast that could get in the way of flight and drive times. Thursday will feature highs only in the mid-30s but it won't be as windy as an area of high pressure briefly moves overhead. Nonetheless, both models agree on a swing in temperatures as much cooler air enters the regions behind the front. Rain should end as snow in the higher elevations from West Virginia to Maine.

As cold approaches for Christmas, AccuWeather said one scenario shows it holding back, while the other bringing it along the mid-Atlantic coast.

Although the name has been selected, the Met Office will not yet put "Storm Dylan" into use until "medium weather impact" from rain, wind or snow is forecast.

AccuWeather forecasts disruptive travel for the holiday period December 21-26 from the Rockies to the northeast. I would think that most folks like the idea of waking up Christmas morning to a white blanket of mood-setting snow.

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