December 21, 2012
Big Story Weather – The Ultimate Holiday Weather Guide
So what will the weather be like as you get ready to enjoy time with family and friends this holiday season? Here is a look at what will be greeting you during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Northwest United States (WA/Northern OR/ ID): Christmas Eve afternoon looks to be really nice in the region with partly cloudy skies from the coast in towards the higher elevations with no impacts to your holiday plans expected during the afternoon with temps in the 30-40’s along the coast and colder inland as high temps will be in the 5-20F range for the higher elevation locations in the Cascades through Washington and Oregon. Christmas Eve overnight look for temps to fall into the 20-30F range along the coastal cities and even colder in the higher elevations such as some places could see low temps around 0 to -5F. The weather should remain partly cloudy as high pressure will be over the region making for a very cold night. Looking at Christmas day the temperatures will warm up to around middle 30’s along the coast and 5-20F in the higher elevations of Eastern Washington and Oregon.
West Coast United States (CA/Southern OR): Christmas Eve afternoon will see temps in the 30-40F range for the Northern section of this region, while the Southern section will see temps in the 50-60F range through the afternoon, with partly cloudy skies spreading through the entire region from the Northern CA all the way to Southern CA. Christmas eve overnight hours will be clear to partly cloudy with temps falling into the 20-30F range for the Northern Coastal region, while the mountain regions will see overnight lows fall to around 0-10F and the Southern part of CA will see temps in the 30-40’s across the area. Christmas day will be cold in this region with Northern CA seeing high temps only in the 30’s while Southern CA warm up to the 40-50F range, the mountains will be in the 15-25F range for high temps. The weather on Christmas day will be partly cloudy skies throughout the entire region from North to South and into the mountains as high pressure will be over the region.
Southwest United States (AZ/NM): The afternoon of Christmas Eve will see high temps in the higher elevations to the north in the region around the 20-30F range, while temps will warm as you head towards the center of the states to around 40-50F and further warm to around 50-60F in the Southern portion of the two states. The weather will be mostly cloudy with snow showers in the Northern Sections, while the rain will mix in with the snow for the Central part of the region and then becoming partly to mostly cloudy for the southern section. The overnight hours of Christmas eve will see mostly cloudy skies and snow for the northern section, while the central part will have cloudy skies with showers as the southern portion remains dry for this period of time. Looking at the overnight temps for the regions will show that the north will have 20-30F overnight, while the central region will be in the 20-30F range as well while the Southern region will see overnight lows in the 40-50F range. Christmas day temperatures will be in the Teens to lower 20’s for the Northern section, while the central region will see high temps in the 20-30’s as the warmer air will be found in the Southern section as temps will be in the 40’s with a few upper 40’s and also some lower 40’s. The weather on Christmas Day will be in the northern section will have cloudy skies along with light snow in Northeast New Mexico, while the rest of the region will see partly cloudy skies.
Rockies (MT/WY/NV/UT/CO): Low pressure in the area is going to bring snow to the region and a white Christmas to many in the area. Snowfall amounts could reach upwards to 6inches or more for some in this region. The southern portion of this region will see high temps in the 20’s, while the Northern Section will see temps in the Teens to 20’s however Montana will be the coldest with high temps in the -5F to Zero range on Christmas Eve afternoon. The overnight hours will see temps range from Negative double digits in Montana and Northern Wyoming. Temps will be in the single digits for the Southern Wyoming and Northern Utah and Colorado Region, while the entire state of Nevada is dealing with Teens to Single digits and places in Southern Colorado may be near 15-20F range. The weather overnight will be for the region to mostly be covered in snow along with more snowfall some places may get an additional 4-6inches during the overnight hours. Christmas Day this region will see partly cloudy skies moving in and making for a nice Christmas day after all the snow from the day before hits the area. Temps will range from Zero in Northern Montana to the teens in Southern Montana and Northern Wyoming and Teens to 20’s for the majority of the rest of the region.
Northern Plains (ND/SD/MN/IA/NE): The afternoon of Christmas Eve is going to be fairly chili throughout the region as temps will be near zero in North Dakota warming to around teens to near 20F for South Dakota and also most of Minnesota as Iowa and Nebraska will see high temps in the 15-25F range with a few 30’s possible towards the southern region. The weather for the afternoon will be mostly cloudy for most places with a few snow showers in the Arrowhead of Minnesota and also into the Western part of the Dakota’s. The weather for the evening will be mostly cloudy with snow starting to spread across the Dakota’s towards Nebraska and into parts of Minnesota and northwest Iowa. Temps will be below zero in Northwest North Dakota, while the rest of South Dakota and North Dakota will see low temps in the single digits. Nebraska will see overnight lows in the Teens to near 20F. Iowa and most of Minnesota will also see overnight lows near 15-20F. Looking into Christmas Day we will see temps rise to the 25-32F range for all of Iowa and most of Minnesota, while Nebraska will remain in the teens to near 25F. The Eastern portion of the Dakota’s will see high temps near 15-20F, while the Western portion will be dealing with single digits. Christmas day weather will show the region seeing mostly cloudy skies with periods of light snow with the potential of heavier snow to fall in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa.
Southern Plains(KS/MO/OK/AR/TX): A nice quiet start to the Christmas Eve afternoon with partly to mostly cloudy skies through the region. Temps will be a huge contrast with the 20-30’s in Kansas and portions of Missouri, while the 30-40’s will push into Oklahoma and the rest of Missouri and Northern Arkansas as we move into Texas look for temps to be in the 50’s for the north and near 80 in the Brownsville area. The temps moving into the overnight hours will be from the 60’s in South Texas to the 30-40’s in Northern Texas and Oklahoma along with Northern Arkansas. The 20-30’s will spread across Kansas and portions of Missouri, while Southern Missouri will see temps in the 30-40’s. The weather overnight will be fairly tranquil with a few showers developing in Southern Texas and portions of Arkansas, the rest of the region should be partly to mostly cloudy. Christmas Day the weather will be Showers from Texas northward into Arkansas and Oklahoma along with Southern Missouri and Eastern Kansas, while Western Kansas will start to see snow move into the region. The high temps for the day should be around the 70’s in Eastern Texas to the 60’s in Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas along with 30-50’s through the rest of the Northern Section.
Gulf Coast (LA/MS/AL/FL): The Christmas Eve afternoon will be fairly mild as temps will be in the 70’s from the coast of Louisiana all the way over into the Florida region. A few cooler spots will develop in Northeast Alabama where high temps might only make it into the 50’s. The weather for Christmas Eve afternoon is going to be mostly cloudy with showers from the coastal Louisiana area over through coastal Mississippi into the Panhandle of Florida, the rest of the region will be partly cloudy over Southern Florida. Looking at the weather for the overnight hours will be mostly cloudy for the coastal regions and into Florida as the showers will move northward into Northern Louisiana and also Mississippi. Overnight lows will be in the 60’s along the coast and will be a tad bit cooler with Northern Mississippi and Alabama as temps will be in the 40-50F range. Christmas day temps are going to be in the 60-70’s along the coast and in the 50’s for Northern Mississippi and Alabama. The weather for Christmas day will provide showers from Louisiana into Mississippi while Alabama will be mostly cloudy and Florida will be mostly cloudy in the West to Partly Cloudy down in the South.
Midwest/Great Lakes (TN/KY/IL/IN/MI/WI/OH): Taking a look at the Christmas Eve daytime weather for the region we will find partly cloudy skies through the entire region with a small window of mostly cloudy skies along the Southern portion of Tennessee towards the afternoon. There will be a wide range in temps with the 50-60’s found in Tennessee and also parts of Kentucky, while a few higher elevations in this region will only get into the 40’s. The 30’s will be found through Illinois and Indiana along with Ohio. Twenties will be found in the MI/WI region. The overnight hours of Christmas eve temps will range from the 50-60’s in Tennessee to 30-40’s through most of the region with the exception being MI/WI where the overnight lows will be in the 18-25F range. The weather for the overnight hours will be cloudy for all places with a few snow showers beginning to form in Western WI and the extreme Northern part of Michigan. As for Christmas Day the weather will be rain showers for the southern portion of the region, while the middle region around Indiana and Illinois and Ohio will see cloudy skies, while Western WI and most of Michigan will start to see snowfall in the region. Temps for the day will be in the 50’s for the south around Tennessee and cool to the 30-40’s in Southern Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, while the northern part of the states will see high temps in the 20-30’s and even cooler north of that in Michigan and WI temps will be in the 15-20F range for the day.
East Coast United States (GA/NC/SC/VA/WV/PA/MD/NJ/NY/RI/DE/CT/NH/VT/MA/ME): The 24th in the afternoon most of the region will see sunny to partly cloudy skies with the extreme portion of West Virginia dealing with some light rain showers. The temps will be in the 60-70’s for GA and SC, while North Carolina and Maryland will be dealing with 50-60’s. West Virginia to New York will see temps in the 30’s. The extreme Northeast will see temps in the single digits for the day. The evening low temps for the region will be in the 50’s for the Southern Portion and the 30-40’s for the Mid-Atlantic Region and then in the Single Digits to the Teens for the Northeast. The overnight weather will be partly cloudy for the Eastern section while the Western section will start to see cloud cover increase through the night. Christmas Day for this region will see mostly sunny with partly cloudy to the Northeast and even a few showers in the far western part of the region in West Virginia. Temps for your Christmas day will be in the 60’s for the southern portion while cooling to the 40-50’s for the Mid-Atlantic and then in the 15-25F range for the rest of the region.
Alaska: The region will start Christmas Eve afternoon off pretty tranquil with no major weather impacts forecasted. Majority of the state will see temps ranging from zero to around 10 below zero with a few places along the coast of the Gulf approaching the teens and twenties for high temps. The evening will see temps fall back to well below zero for everyone but the immediate coast where a low pressure system will begin to bring a few snow showers to the region. Christmas day temps will remain frigid with high temps only in the teens for the coast and below zero for the majority of the state. The weather will be partly cloudy with a few snow showers along the Southern Coast.
Hawaii: The entire holiday period will be partly cloudy with a few showers moving through during the afternoon of the 24th. Temps will be comfortably in the 70’s for the entire holiday period with the higher elevations on Hawaii island getting down into the 50’s near the summits.
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